Dark Season // Short Films: The Happiness Salesman
Starring: Christopher Eccleston, Archie Panjabi
Directed by: Krishnendu Majumdar
“When I first saw this film back in 2010 it impressed me a lot…” (#srcz Editor, Seba)
The Happiness Saleman:
Although barely fifteen minutes in length this film ably shows that it doesn’t take too much effort to show darkness in pitch daylight. The moment we Christopher Eccleston as The Salesman, out with his briefcase and subtly creepy demeanor we now this is not an ordinary watch.
Everything points to an unhappy end as his cryptic talk of being ‘just a saleman, with a boss to please’ as he tries to sell the perfect future at a price his potential customer ‘can easily afford’.
With a conclusion not afraid to end on an either way grim note, possibly involving the free gift of a steak knife, The Happiness Salesman is a subtle but solid watch.