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  • A real home movie

    Director Don Roos' "Happy Endings," which arrives in theaters July 15, is not only a picaresque romantic black comedy, but also a valentine to midcentury Los Angeles architecture. "I wanted to capture the Garden of Eden landscape of L.A.," Roos says. "The more the interiors could incorporate the outside, the better. I wanted them to be versions of treehouses." None more so than the 1949 John Lautner-designed Schaffer residence in Montrose, shown here, which production designer Richard Sherman found. In the film it's home to Gil (David Sutcliffe, left), an architecture junkie, and his boyfriend, Charley (Steve Coogan, seated), who is convinced that Gil fathered a son with a lesbian couple. "It is such an improbable story that I thought if the audience bought the scenery, they would also buy the characters," says Roos, who shot entirely in real homes also "because we didn't have much of a furniture budget." Roos calls a 1960 Brentwood modern in the film a "quintessential Los Angeles horizontal built around a pool." Getting it was also an easy call. It belongs to designer Nancy Heller and her husband, Creative Artists Agency agent Fred Specktor, who represents "Happy Endings" cast member Laura Dern.