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Three for Happiness

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Three for Happiness
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Za srecu je potrebno troje DVD cover
Za sreću je potrebno troje
Directed byRajko Grlić
Written byRajko Grlić
Dubravka Ugrešić
Produced bySulejman Kapić
StarringMira Furlan
Miki Manojlović
Dubravka Ostojić
Bogdan Diklić
Vanja Drach
CinematographyŽivko Zalar
Edited byŽivka Toplak
Music byBodan Arsovski
Vlatko Stefanovski
Centar Film
Jadran Film
Release date
Running time
100 minutes

Three for Happiness (a.k.a. Three's Happiness) (Croatian: Za sreću je potrebno troje) is a 1985 Croatian romantic drama film directed by Rajko Grlić.[1]


A man (Miki Manojlović) is forced by poverty and desperation to use a children's plastic gun to rob a small bank and gets captured. Three years later, he is released from prison. He starts a romantic relationship with Zdenka, a factory worker, but still has strong feelings for his ex-wife Nina, who is now a mistress of Ivan, a well-to-do man. At the same time, Zdenka remains the love interest of Jozo, the factory doorkeeper...[2]



The film won the FIPRESCI, Grand Prix and the Peter Karsten award for 'Best Script' by the International Federation of Film Critics for Rajko Grlić at the 1986 Valencia Festival of Mediterranean Cinema. It also won the Grand Prix at the Salso Film Festival in Italy, and many awards from Yugoslavian film festivals, including the Golden Arena for Scenography at the 1986 Pula Film Festival.[2] The film was distributed in 14 countries.[3]

Croatian film historian Ivo Škrabalo compared Three for Happiness unfavorably to Grlić's earlier works, noting more simplistic direction and failure to fulfill the genre's determinants. Škrabalo also remarked that the film steers clear of a more pronounced social criticism, limiting itself to showing contrast between social backgrounds.[2]

Eleanor Mannikka of All Movie Guide wrote that the film "is an amusing and enjoyable romantic comedy buoyed by witty dialogue."[4]


  1. ^ staff (2015). "Za Srecu Je Potrebno Troje (1986)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Za sreću je potrebno troje". (in Croatian). Croatian Film Association. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  3. ^ Grlić, Rajko. "Three For Happiness". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  4. ^ Mannikka, Eleanor. "Za Srecu Je Potrebno Troje (1986)". All Movie Guide. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
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