Happenstance (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 31, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Discreet, delicate and humane: a sweet butterfly of a movie that beats up a cinematic windstorm of life.

Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail

The idea, after all, is that people don't have free will, and who wants to watch puppets, however adorable?

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

A gimmicky yet remarkably spry and overall enjoyable tapestry about the 'random interconnectedness' of life in general and romance in particular.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A mild but engaging romance, the charms of which come at you sideways.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Each little action, as we see, causes something bigger to happen, resulting in not exactly a tidal wave, but a happy sense of cinematic pleasure.

William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's charmless and as against the gentle grain of the New Wave French comedies of the past few years as it's conceivable to be.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It strives mightily to convince us that the Chaos Theory rules us, yet everything in it feels preordained.

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James Berardinelli

It's a delight to watch the plot unfold, and to become aware of how a small, random action by one person can impact the life of another.

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Michael Dequina

Sheer mechanism propels Happenstance, but the numerous characters and storylines flow and converge in a gracefully unpredictable and witty manner.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
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,… More
Leigh Ryan
Kinda funny and sweet.
Curtis Lilly
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… More