Release Date: November 21, 2001
Limited release


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Happenstance is a French-language film with English subtitles. The French title of the movie is Le Battement d'ailes du papillon, which translates as "The Beating of Butterfly Wings." That title perfectly sets the premise of the story, which is that just as the fluttering of butterfly wings over the Atlantic Ocean can launch a typhoon in the Pacific, so can every human action, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, lead to bigger events.

The movie itself focuses on a number of unrelated characters and shows how their actions cause tremendous change in one another's lives. Featuring Audrey Tatou, the star of the buzz-gathering Amélie, Happenstance has thus far been highly praised critically.

The film is being distributed in the U.S. by Lot 47 and looks to be released on a very limited number of screens, though if Amélie is successful, it may expand further. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Happenstance
Main Cast Audrey Tautou, Faudel, Eric Savin
Supporting Cast Nathalie Besancon, Lysiane Meis, Irene Ismaïloff
Director Laurent Firode
Screenwriter Laurent Firode
Distributor Lot 47 Films
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.lot47.com/happenstance/
Rating R
Running Time 90 minutes
Screen Count 2
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for Happenstance
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Magnolia 1/7/005.69 6.36 1034 5503.00 5921.6 22.45 25.11 3.78
Chocolat 1/19/013.09 3.29 658 4701.00 4825.8 71.31 76.10 19.93
Amelie 11/23/011.81 1.93 217 8348.00 8569.6 33.20 35.43 16.43



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