By Arnaud ROBERT, Paolo WOODS


Documentary - Post-Production 2020

Into a world where chemistry is the ultimate response to human pursuits of well-being, from antidepressants to opioid pain or stimulant medication, the film questions our whole consumer society and the so called Eldorado of prescribed happiness.

    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Arnaud ROBERT, Paolo WOODS
    • Writer(s)
    • Arnaud ROBERT
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Can happiness be encapsulated in a pill? Is it possible to provide an industrial response to a philosophical quest?

      HAPPY PILLS explores how the pharmaceutical industry markets nirvana. From opiod pain relieves to antidepressants or stimulant medication, the film is a journey into a world where chemistry is the ultimate response to all human pursuits.

      Science attempts by all possible means to unravel the eternal question of happiness.
      Pharmaceutical companies develop countless strategies to alleviate existential fears,
      repair depressed beings and transform us. In an increasingly complex world that values efficiency above all, a world where any dysfunction can lead to a social death, HAPPY PILLS come to the rescue. Anti-depressants, sexual stimulants or legal mind-altering drugs are just some of the substances at the crossroads of medicine, marketing and the meaning of life. They attempt to provide chemical solutions for an indefinable state: happiness.

      HAPPY PILLS is an in-depth journey into the world of pharma, into the culture of appearance, ordinary suffering and contemporary capitalism.
      But most of all, it is a deep dive into our intimate relationship with medicine. The documentary follows six characters in the United States, Niger, France, Israel Peru and Switzerland, who all use medicines as the objective response to subjective dramas. HAPPY PILLS questions our whole consumer society and the Eldorado of prescribed happiness.