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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 ?

Director:

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 ... 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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Taglines:

Chance. Chaos. Destiny. Liaisons. (Australia DVD) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Irène was born on 11 March 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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Connections

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

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Another charmer from the French.
12 October 2002 | by manxman-1See all my reviews

Charming little movie about a girl on her way to work on the Metro who has her horoscope told and is informed that today she will meet the man she will fall in love with. The story then divides into a bunch of individual tales about the people on the Metro platform, with each tale in one small way moving the girl closer to meeting her intended. A lot of hilarious and unexpected belly-laughs. A movie one has to trust in as the payoff is uproariously funny. Along the way one wonders how some of the stories will affect the outcome but inevitably they do. The meaning of the title in French - "The beat of a butterfly's wings?" When a butterfly beats its' wings on one side of the Pacific it creates a tidal wave on the other side. A very funny charmer with the gorgeous Audrey Tautou who has all of the delightful screen persona of that other unforgettable Audrey.


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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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