Now Streaming: ‘Lucien’s Happiness’

Courtesy of the NFB

By Pat Mullen

Inject a shot of positive energy into your work-from-home routine with Lucien’s Happiness. This debut short by Nathalie Hébert profiles musician Lucien Comeau in an easygoing slice-of-life portrait from Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick. Released today from the NFB, Lucien’s Happiness imparts the wisdom of this “philosopher of the everyday.”

Lucien’s quest, somewhat like the titular Hector of the popular book and unpopular film, is the search for happiness. The film, shot over a quick four days, follows Lucien and observes everyday simple pleasures like plucking a tune on his guitar or digging for clams, that put him in harmony with the world and at peace with his existence. As Hébert observes Comeau and soaks up his positive vibes, the film asks if this seemingly simple recipe for happiness contains universal ingredients.

Watch Lucien’s Happiness from the NFB:

Lucien’s Happiness, , provided by the National Film Board of Canada