I Was Happy Here

I Was Happy Here is a 1966 drama film directed by Desmond Davis. The film won three awards at the 1966 San Sebastián International Film Festival.[2] The film was released in the U.S. as Time Lost and Time Remembered.[3]

I Was Happy Here
Directed byDesmond Davis
Screenplay byEdna O'Brien
Desmond Davis
Based onstory A Woman by the Seaside by Edna O'Brien
StarringSarah Miles
Music byJohn Addison
CinematographyManny Wynn
Edited byBrian Smedley-Aston
Partisan Productions
The Rank Organisation
Distributed byRank Organisation
Release date
July 1966 (UK)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Cass follows the bright lights to London, but is quickly disillusioned. She meets (and marries) Doctor Langdon, but soon realises her desire to return to her home by the sea, and her first love, Colin.



The film was the first in a series of co production between the NFFC and Rank. It was originally called Passage of Love.[4]

Filming began in June 1965 with a six week shoot in County Clare, Ireland, followed by three weeks in London and another week in Ireland.[5]

The movie was filmed in Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland and Twickenham Studios, London, England.[6]


The film received some supportive reviews but was a box office disappointment and lost money.[7]

Critical reception

Allmovie noted "a softly beautiful, hauntingly poetic little film, a fragile piece of filmmaking that in other hands could come off as either unbearably precious or pretentious. Fortunately, Time is shepherded by Desmond Davis, who handles the material with just the right degree of sensitivity;"[8] however, Time Out called it "A horribly pretentious and sentimental film which still manages to retain a degree of emotional power, with moments of real intensity and conviction...The film is certainly much better than Davis' earlier Irish story The Girl with Green Eyes (also adapted from Edna O'Brien), but it's dogged by the awful tricks of overemphasis which he seems to have learned from his patron Tony Richardson";[9] while TV Guide thought it, "Slow in pace, with beautiful photography and fine acting, this is a well-told tale of disenchantment and resignation."[10]



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