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I Am Happiness on Earth DVD review

Meandering and slow-paced effort from Julian Hernandez.

I Am Happiness on Earth

Emiliano (Hugo Catalan) is a film director who entices his boyfriend Ocatavio (Alan Ramirez) into buying an escort. During the evening of Octavio’s birthday, Emiliano is caught cheating with the escort pushing Octavio away. Emiliano then tries to form other relationships whilst the viewer begins to understand that Octavio was one of many lovers associated with Emiliano.

I Am Happiness on Earth comes from director Julian Hernandez, the man behind Raging Sun, Raging Sky. The film features the director’s trademark luscious cinematography and he captures the male form unlike any other contemporary director. Whilst that went in his favour for Raging Sun, Raging Sky it doesn’t manage to save I Am Happiness on Earth.

On the surface I Am Happiness on Earth seems to be an endless loop of sex between a variety of characters male and female. The narrative of the movie is loose and the point it’s trying to make even looser. Hernandez uses the film within a film mechanic which actually appears to only offer highly choreographed erotic sequences.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you would be following the story of Octavio from the film’s opening minutes but the perspective changes throughout the movie. Hernandez constantly plays with you by making his characters do the unexpected one such example is Octavio drowning his misery by having a threesome with two women. The moment jars as up until that point there’s no indication that Octavio is bisexual rather than homosexual but your only option is to accept what your eyes are seeing.

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I Am Happiness on Earth sadly just wasn’t for us. With its slow pacing, lack of a cohesive storyline and endless sex, we felt more like we were watching an artistic take on erotica rather than a satisfying dramatic film. Following on from Raging Sun, Raging Sky we were disappointed with I Am Happiness on Earth but we admire Hernandez for trying to do something a bit different.


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