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" I have been very lucky my whole life: I had two loving parents, good friends, a wonderful wife and marriage, two children..." 

-Woody Allen in an interview during La Biennale di Venezia

This week we have the partnership of Andrés Lucas Jaramillo, graduate in Philosophy by School of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Navarra. He is currently studying the Master's Degree in Government and Culture of Organizations at the academic center. In this new entrance he comments on the film Coup de Chance.

Coup de Chance (Coup de Chance at Spanish) is the fiftieth film by director Woody Allen. The film premiered this year at La Biennale de Venezia, and is the only director production whose original language is in French. The plot revolves around how two former high school classmates end up meeting years later on the streets of Paris. Due to this fortuitous meeting , their lives will take a 180° turn Degrees, and they will question everything they had taken for granted. 

Allen manages to perfectly capture the vibrant and romantic atmosphere of autumnal Paris. Shots of colorful rural landscapes are contrasted with sunny afternoons in the city. Additionally, there is a contrast between the large auction houses where one of the protagonists of this work works and the more modest streets of Paris, where the other lives . There is also a tension between the highly gridded and absorbing way of life of the business world and the fluidity and effervescence of the world of the literati.

The way the plot develops bears a certain similarity to what happens in the novel Rayuela. The protagonists meet by chance and their lives change forever. Also the whole intellectual and literary atmosphere of Paris makes these two works similar. To this should be added the fact that the protagonists gradually learn to play and feel freer about their lives. Avid readers of Rayuela will understand what reference letter is getting at with this verb.

In conclusion, Coup de chance is a film that tells us sample that chance and the unexpected have a place in our lives that we often over look. The artist's path is also often like this: inspiration can come in the places and at the least thought of moments. Something similar also happens with great opportunities: "A bald opportunity is a bald one", as the popular saying goes. Anyway, this is probably one of the last films of the famous New Yorker director , so watching it is especially worthwhile for the most nostalgic moviegoers.  

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