Laurent Firode


Happenstance (2000) -- The original French title is Le Battement d'Ailes du Papillion (The Beating of the Butterfly's Wings) and it uses the idea of the "butterfly effect" as its premise--which is fine as long as the movie recognizes that it's doing nothing but an exercise in coincidence (though it gets old after about an hour or less).  The movie works less well when it pretends that these coincidences mean anything, like karma or fate.  And if it is karma or fate controlling these events, then it has little to do with the characters themselves, turning them all into little pawns for the writer's own cleverness.  It's a fun enough movie to watch, and it's got cutie-pie Audrey Tautou in it, but it doesn't nothing new or exciting. C

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