the happy poet.


and yet again, a movie i’ve never heard of, begged me to take it off the shelves of my local library, and into my living room. Image

‘the happy poet’ is an indie-comedy, a classic tale of the underdog, fighting the system, and trying to make the world a better place. (and hot-dog free, in this case.) written and directed by paul gordon, who also stars as the lead, ‘the happy poet’ was shot in austin, texas, on a small budget, and released on the film festival circuit. slow-moving, quiet, wryly funny, simply shot, with single piano notes as its only soundtrack, i was quickly drawn into this very human story. 

when we meet the poet, he is struggling – in life, in trying to find his happiness, and with no idea about where to go for the answers. he is as dry, deadpan, and honest a character as you will ever meet, and one who has an understated passion for the things he believes in. it’s his sincerity and heart, that draws an eccentric bunch of people to him, each with their own heart of gold, who stay close, keep him motivated, look out for him, and prove their loyalty in interesting ways. I’m happy this poet quietly called out to me from the shelves. 

When what we are is what we want to be, that’s happiness.  – Malcolm Forbes


 image credit: Cinema Libre 



36 responses »

  1. Your endorsement will set me searching for this indie-circuit hidden goodie, Beth. Although right off the bat, I will fully admit from the movie poster, I’d take the hotdog over the veggie sandwich today, tomorrow and the next day, too.


  2. There is nothing like a bit of comedy Beth
    and this gem looks very interesting indeed 🙂
    Have a wonderful evening and Wednesday
    my dear friend 🙂

    Andro xxxx


  3. I saw this movie, too! Love indie films. They’re more interested in being interesting, quirky, etc than they are pleasing the masses with special effects, etc. Curious if you’re seen Safety Not Guaranteed. Enjoyed that one, too, though different vibe than Happy Poet. Especially liked the food angle of HP.


  4. Your recommendation of this indie film with heart will be on my search next week to find it! I love quirky and unknown films, so this is ‘right up my alley,’ Beth! You wrote this summary very well and it does make it meaningful how the other supporting characters join into his pursuit of happiness!


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