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Happenstance (2000)

Le battement d'ailes du papillon (original title)
How, thanks to what's known as the "Butterfly theory" (a random series of unlinked events), can a young woman and a young man meet ?

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Laurent Firode

Writer:

Laurent Firode
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Tautou ... Irène
Faudel Faudel ... Younès
Eric Savin ... Richard
Nathalie Besançon Nathalie Besançon ... Marie
Lysiane Meis Lysiane Meis ... Elsa
Irène Ismaïloff Irène Ismaïloff ... Stéphanie
Eric Feldman Eric Feldman ... Luc
Frédéric Bouraly Frédéric Bouraly ... Bobby
Franck Bussi Franck Bussi ... The Waiter from the Philosophic Cafe
Marina Tomé Marina Tomé ... Julie
Félicité Wouassi Félicité Wouassi ... The Vigilant
Antoine Coesens Antoine Coesens ... The Clochard
Saïd Serrari Saïd Serrari ... The Pickpocket
Lily Boulogne Lily Boulogne ... Luc's Mother (as Lili Boulogne)
Gilbert Robin Gilbert Robin ... The Destiny Man
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Storyline

Chance, volition, and the large effects of tiny causes swirl through Paris on a single day. A clerk born 11 March 1977 hears her horoscope on the way to work: today she'll meet her true love, but she must be patient. Before the day ends under a full moon, twenty lives intersect time and again in unpredictable, connected ways: a jilted lover holds a souvenir pebble, a stolen coffee maker looks suspicious at a Metro stop, a yellow rain slicker is passed on as a gift, lettuce causes a bicycle accident, a leaf betrays an habitual liar who's just told the truth, and an Algerian waiter, also born 11 March 1977, sees a bug cross a tablecloth. Magical sand from the Sahara is in the air. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

21 June 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Happenstance See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,777, 4 November 2001

Gross USA:

$251,444

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$251,444
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original French title translates as "the flapping of a butterfly's wings". In Hong Kong it was titled Amelie 2, to capitalise on the success of Audrey Tautou's breakout movie Amélie (2001). Although Happenstance (2000) predates Amelie by a year, the two were released in reverse order in most non-French markets. See more »

Goofs

When the old lady takes the faulty coffee machine back to the store it is seen in a Phillips box, when she arrives back home with the same faulty machine it is in a Moulinex box. See more »

Quotes

The Destiny Man: You see, every detail, every gesture, as slight as it may be, reveals an infinity of truths and thus has an endless repercussion and grandiose effects.
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Connections

References Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »

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Un Petit Bijou et un Grand Mystery
12 June 2002 | by PolitiComSee all my reviews

The mystery here is why this delightful, small comedy has been ignored by most critics and has failed to find the audience it deserves. Simply showcasing the budding talent of Audrey Tautou should be enough to generate greater recognition from the cognoscenti.

Lacking in pretension and relying on quirky characterizations, itÕs rumination on the interconnection of human behavior manages to be both amusing and life affirming and, unlike some of itsÕ more critically acclaimed competition in the genre, such as The Taste of Others, it actually entertains.


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