The Curiosity of Chance (2006)


The Curiosity of Chance (2006)

Chance Marquis, a confident, self-assured, quick-witted, perceptive, outspoken and clear-headed gay teenager, reflects back on his first year at an international high school. While meeting and making friends with an assortment of types, he also has the targeted attentions of a mirthless vice principal and a bullying, homophobic soccer jock out to make his life miserable. At home, Chance's perceptive little sister openly shares all his confidential secrets with their widowed career-army father seeking common ground with his atypical children. Introduced to a drag club, Chance finds fun and success in a cross-dressing contest, but a photo of his participation makes life at a school a living hell. Time to find out the depths of your friendships.
IMDb  6.6 /10
Director Russell P. Marleau
Writer Russell P. Marleau
Release Date2006-10-21
Runtime1h 38mins
Content Rating
Awards2 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanyBigfoot Entertainment
CountryBelgium, USA
Chance Marquis (as Tad Hilgenbrinck)
Maxim Maes
Maxim Maes
Brad Harden
Sienna Marquis
Danny Calander
Danny Calander
Claire Vuoyant
Magali Uytterhaegen
Magali Uytterhaegen
VP Ophelia Smelker
Didier Matthys
Didier Matthys
Joyce Berx
Joyce Berx
Toni Durazo
Sophie Engel
Sophie Engel
Tineke Caels
Tineke Caels
Loretta Getzick
Lawrence Sparks

The Curiosity of Chance

The Curiosity of Chance is a 2006 comedy film directed by Russell P. Marleau, produced by Bigfoot Entertainment and starring Tad Hilgenbrink.


In 1980s Europe, flamboyant and gay 16-year-old Chance Marquis shows up at an international high school in a top hat and tails, immediately attracting the attention of the "queer-hating" resident bully, among others. Through his involvement in the school newspaper, he meets an introverted photographer with a mysterious briefcase, and while practicing tennis, he befriends a catty fashionista, both of whom act as his wingmen in his new high school. He also meets the jock-next-door, with whom he forms a tentative friendship, despite the jock's cacophonous group of friends. The film follows Chance through a year of high school, with its attendant drama, successes, and hijinks—including sneaking into a drag bar, where Chance begins to explore his true self.

Themes underscored throughout the film include facing one's fears as one grows into adulthood, and the barriers that people put up in order to cope with life. Chance claims to be strong with his nonchalant attitude, but when photos of him in drag show up all over school, Chance must face his own preachings of staying true to oneself.


  • Tad Hilgenbrink as Chance Marquis
  • Brett Chukerman as Levi Sparks
  • Aldevina Da Silva as Twyla Tiller
  • Pieter Van Nieuwenhuyze as Hank Hudson
  • Chris Mulkey as Sir
  • Maxim Maes as Brad Harden
  • Colleen Cameron as Sienna Marquis
  • Magali Uytterhaegen as Vice Principal Ophelia Smelker


  • Winner "Best Narrative Feature" at The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival - Chicago, IL 2007
  • Winner "Best New Director" at Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - Seattle, WA 2006
  • Honorable Mention "Best Music in a Feature Film" at Nashville Film Festival - Nashville, TN 2007
  • Chosen as one of the Audience's and Critic's "Best of the Fest" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival - Palm Springs, CA 2007