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Happenstance (2000)
Starring: Eric Feldman, Irene Ismailoff, Eric Savin, Audrey Tautou
Director: Laurent Firode
Category: Foreign, Avant Garde
Studio: New Yorker
97 mins



"Winning! A Mystical Love Story." -Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

What if… everything happened for a reason? What if… love came knocking at your door? What if… the slightest twist of fate changed your life? While riding the train to work, store clerk Irene (Audrey Tautou) learns from a fellow passenger that her horoscope predicts she'll meet "the love of her life" that day. After she leaves, the young man who had been sitting across from her reveals he shares the same birthday, and perhaps the same fate. Though separated once she exits the train, unrelated characters and events seemingly conspire to bring the two together again. If the moon hadn't been full, if it hadn't been raining, if she hadn't been fired, if the husband hadn't been stolen, if noses hadn't been broken, if the coffee maker hadn't been mistaken for a bomb… if all of these things and more didn't happen… they never would have met.

A coincidental romance about six complete strangers affected by chance encounters during the course of one event-filled day. Happenstance is a charming and clever story about the 'what if's' of life and love.


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