June 11, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Happenstance

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/02/01
performer
Nathalie Besancon, Faudel, Eric Feldman, Irene Ismailoff, Lysiane Meis, Eric Savin, Audrey Tautou
director
Laurent Firode
distributor
Lot 47 Films
author
Laurent Firode
genre
Comedy, Drama

On Happenstance, her full-length debut, this 26-year-old singer-song-writer oozes end-of-the-affair resignation, sketching tales of failed romance over a mix of piano-based pop, blues, and even cabaret. Yamagata’s drowsy delivery, journal-entry lyrics, and slinky rhythms will inevitably draw comparisons to Beth Orton and Fiona Apple. And rightly so: With standouts like ”Worn Me Down,” which deftly details her exasperation with an unrequited crush, she proves she can hold her own with the best of the distressed songstresses.

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