Reviewed byWallace BirdVote: 9/10/10
I saw the film @ the Victoria Film Festival and loved it. It isdefinitely quirky, but also educational and inspiring. Graphic artistStefan Stagmeister undertakes a piece of first-person research to findout what makes him, and perhaps by extension us, happy. He consultsexperts and leads us through each step in the process looking intothree possible routes to happiness, only to discover yet another. Asinteresting as that is, his exceptionally creative graphic eye providestruly amazing action illustrations to make his points. I hope it gets awide distribution! (I also loved the musical score by the Canadian bandSiskiyou.)
Reviewed bylornapateVote: 10/10/10
This is by far the most creative film I have seen at a film festival.Pay attention to the amazing attention to detail!This is a greatdocumentary based on real life experiences. It gets you to think deeplyabout your own life, and the emotions that we experience on a dailybasis.It has a great story line that has you eager to learn theoutcome. It is a brilliant film filled with emotion,humour,andbeautiful scenery! The film flows through Stefan's story seamlessly.Iam so pleased that I saw this film. It is a life changer!I want to seeit again to rediscover the creativity that bursts through continuallythroughout the film.The title is simple but says exactly what the filmis about.
Reviewed byozbeknazVote: 10/10/10
This was the most authentic, human, openly honest, and beautiful thingI've seen in a long while. So naked, so personal, yet so pertinent thatit hurt, but in the best way possible. It made me feel, made me think,made me cry, made me laugh. It made me feel alive. It made me feelconnected. It was like seeing the sun rise early in the morning, whenthe rest of the world seems to be asleep. Like witnessing something sorare, it has to be sacred. It's an incredibly human, humane, andfearless deconstruction of Sagmeister's life in front of the rest ofthe world, and a reminder of how beautiful, despite everything, life isto begin with. Please find a way to see it if you haven't done soalready.
Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and he has success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the Talking Heads. But in the back of his mind he suspects there must be something more. He decides to turn himself into a design project. Can he redesign his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He pursues 3 controlled experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way. But real life creeps in and confounds the process: art, sex, love, and death prove impossible to disentangle. His unique designs and painfully personal experiences mark a journey that travels closer to himself than ever intended.