HAPPENSTANCE Add To My Top 10
It’s Not in the Stars . . .
Release Date: December 21, 2001
Audience: Older teenagers & adults
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Lot 47 Films
Director: Laurent Firode
Executive Producer: Franck Landron
Writer: Laurent Firode
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In the story, Audrey Tautou of AMÉLIE stars as Irene, a young store clerk who’s read her horoscope for the day by a woman on the subway. The horoscope says that Irene will meet her true love that day. A young Algerian man sitting nearby overhears that Irene has the same birthday as he, but he fails to act on the possibility that, perhaps, he is the one true love that Irene is supposed to meet. As other characters come and go, it gradually becomes clear that getting Irene and the young man together is going to take a series of coincidences and actions involving these other people. Among the people is a man who can’t decide whether to leave his wife and children for his mistress.
Of course, the story in HAPPENSTANCE is a lot more complicated than this. The filmmakers seem to have a lot on their mind. Still, when it comes down to it, HAPPENSTANCE is another in a long line of charming French movies that explores the importance of love, fate and free will. Furthermore, 40 years after France ran into problems with Arab extremists and terrorists in Algeria, it seems that the country is still having to come to terms with the Algerian immigrants who fled that country when they were caught between these terrorists (some, if not many, of whom were Communists) and the French government’s awkward attempts to deal with the situation in its former colony.
As noted above, writer and director Laurent Firode has given an occult spin to this archetypal French comedy. In the end, the movie validates the occult astrological prediction for Irene and the young Algerian man. It also contains some strong foul language, a brief scene of full male nudity and other potentially objectionable material. Of course, your destiny is not in the stars but in the hands of God.
HAPPENSTANCE is another in a long line of charming French movies that explores the importance of love, fate and free will. Regrettably, however, the movie’s writer/director has added an occult spin to this archetypal French comedy. This movie also contains some strong foul language, a brief scene of full male nudity and other potentially objectionable material. Of course, your destiny is not in the stars but in the hands of God.