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The Beating of the Butterfly's Wings

A Feature film by Laurent Firode

Produced by Les Films des Tournelles

Release in France : 21/06/2000


    The action takes place over the period of one day and recounts the series of events which lead to a meeting between a young man and woman. The combined effects of a full moon, hypothermia, a block of chocolate, a malfunctioning electric coffee machine, a coward's lie, pigeon droppings smearing a photo, the planet Venus, a child's nightmare, a white stone, treasure found in a milk bottle, a squashed cockroach, and a yellow jacket dumped in the street are necessary for their love affair to bloom. Isn't it said that a butterfly beating its wings in the Atlantic can cause a tornado in the Pacific? By pure accident, the paths of the young man and woman will cross, and their lives, perhaps, be overturned.

    Actors (7)

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    Les Films des Tournelles

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Roissy Films

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    Les Films en Hiver

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    Les Films des Tournelles

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    The characters in this film only have a fragmentary awareness of their own story. It’s interesting to show what’s hidden from them, everything they’re unaware of. We all have limited awareness of our lives. Spectators always have the impression of knowing more than the characters in a movie. Multiplying the number of viewpoints in a story reveals its complexity – everyone has their own idea of the truth. The tiniest details and tiniest acts are always of crucial importance.

    Laurent Firode,Director


    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producers :

    Anne-Dominique Toussaint, Pascal Judelewicz

    Screenwriter :

    Laurent Firode

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Myriam Bruguière, Olivier Guigues

    Production Designer :

    Catherine Jarrier-Prieur

    Costume designer :

    Najat Kas

    Line Producer :

    Franck Landron

    Sound recordists :

    David Rit, Stéphane Reichart

    Editor :

    Didier Ranz

    Music Composer :

    Peter Chase

    Sales Agent :

    Jacques Le Glou

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Dolby SR

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