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Happenstance

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Overview

After a series of short films, writer/director Laurent Firode made his feature-length debut with this tale of coincidence, chance, and fate inspired by a variation of the chaos theory, which supposes that if a butterfly beats its wings in one part of the world, it could theoretically cause a full-fledged storm thousands of miles away. Firode applies this theory to a disparate group of Parisians, opening with a young retail worker, Irene Audrey Tautou, reading her horoscope on the train to work one morning. At the...
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Overview

After a series of short films, writer/director Laurent Firode made his feature-length debut with this tale of coincidence, chance, and fate inspired by a variation of the chaos theory, which supposes that if a butterfly beats its wings in one part of the world, it could theoretically cause a full-fledged storm thousands of miles away. Firode applies this theory to a disparate group of Parisians, opening with a young retail worker, Irene Audrey Tautou, reading her horoscope on the train to work one morning. At the store, Irene has to deal with an elderly woman Francoise Bertin who wants to return a broken coffeemaker; as if that weren't enough, the dissatisfied octogenarian consumer has to put up with her impudent grandson, Luc Eric Feldman. Amidst all the seemingly unrelated human activities in the film, cockroaches, bird droppings, and changes in the weather all conspire to bring the characters together -- or drive them apart, as the case may be.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times - A.O. Scott
Audrey Tautou, the young French actress who suggests a cross between Audrey Hepburn and Giulietta Masina, may be the queen of art house serendipity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • UPC: 717119849238
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: New Yorker Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Tautou Irene
Faudel Youness
Eric Savin Richard
Fran├žoise Bertin Luc's Grandmother
Irene Ismailoff Stephanie
Felicite Wouassi Security Guard
Frederic Bouraly
Manuela Gourary
Nathalie Besancon
Lily Boulogne
Sylvie Herbert
Franck Bussi
Firmine Richard
Technical Credits
Laurent Firode Director
Peter Chase Score Composer
Pascal Judelewicz Producer
Najat Kas Costumes/Costume Designer
Franck Landron Executive Producer
Anne-Dominique Toussaint Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    magnifique!

    i loved this film. i am completely facinated with the concept of seemingly unrelated events all be connected... the whole ''if a butterfly flaps it's wings in china...''. i thought the director did a great job in keeping the audience intrigued, while slowly revealing how interconnected everything was.

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