Happenstance

2000

Happenstance

Critics Consensus

Though the plot of Happenstance is basically a gimmick, the film is a fun, light-hearted trifle.

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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.

Cast

Faudel
as Younes
Eric Savin
as Richard
Félicité Wouassi
as Security Guard
Antoine Coesens
as The Clochard
Saïd Serrari
as The Pickpocket
Lily Boulogne
as Luc's Mother
Gilbert Robin
as The Destiny Man
Manu Layotte
as Cailloux's Lanceurs
Husky Kihal
as The Magazine Owner
Nor-eddin Abboud
as The S.A.V. Salesman
Louison Roblin
as Irene's Neighbor
Felicity Wouassi
as The Vigilant
Manuela Gourary
as Elsa's Mother
Abbdessamad Chahidi
as The Clandestine Moroccan
Sylvie Herbert
as The Nurse
Michael Baladi
as The Waiter from the Coffee Shop
Louise Vincent
as The Gitane
Charlotte Maury Sentier
as The Horoscope Woman
Édith Le Merdy
as The Subway Passenger
Oleg Imbert
as The Male Russian Tourist
Ludmilla Imbert
as The Female Russian Tourist
Françoise Bertin
as Luc's Grandmother
Pierre Bellemare
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Happenstance

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (13)

Audience Reviews for Happenstance

  • Aug 03, 2010
    I didn't get the feel that Irene was a hopeless romantic, or believed in horoscopes, just that those circumstances where part of the story. It was sweet, and the characters were humorous.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2009
    Interesting way of showing us how nothing happens by chance, but it lacked a lot of depth...Audrey was as charming as always though.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2008
    Fun to see how it all ties in to itself. It's neat to think about how most of the people you come into contact with have contacts that affect you later and vise versa.
    Curtis L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2006
    Kinda funny and sweet.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer

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