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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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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

Gross USA:

$125,717, 17 February 2002
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Irène was born on March 11, 1977. 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

Irène: Excuse me...
Waiter: Sorry, I didn't see you.
Irène: I'm the one who's sorry. I'm transparent.
Waiter: What'll it be?
Irène: Coffee.
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References Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »

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This jewel of a film really shines
25 June 2000 | by demingSee all my reviews

The fluttering of butterfly wings in the Atlantic can unleash a hurricane in the Pacific. According to this theory (somehow related to the Chaos Theory, I'm not sure exactly how), every action, no matter how small or insignificant, will start a chain reaction that can lead to big events. This small jewel of a film shows us a series of seemingly-unrelated characters, most of them in Paris, whose actions will affect each others' lives. (The six-degrees-of-separation theory can be applied as well.) Each story is a facet of the jewel that is this film. The acting is finely-tuned and nuanced (Audrey Tautou is luminous), the stories mesh plausibly, the humor is just right, and the viewer leaves the theatre nodding in agreement.


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