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When Giovanni is talking to the man at the sewage plant, the plant man's glasses are spattered with something. When he turns to the side, they're clean, and when he turns back to Giovanni, they're dirty again.
When Henri breaks it off to Belle on the phone, a tears falls from her eye. In the next shot, it's gone.
Fred Blake talks to M. Chambard who is lying on the road. In some camera shots M. Chambard's hands are over his chest. When viewed from behind, his hands are on the ground.
In the movie, the personnel guarding the family are FBI agents. In actuality, the Witness Security Program is operated by the U.S. Marshals Service, not the FBI.
A high school student is said to be in the 12th grade. There is no such thing in the French system. In fact, the school doesn't remotely resemble a French high school. In its academics, social structure, cafeteria and even a school paper, it is merely an American high school transplanted to rural France.
A running gag is the absence of peanut butter. In fact, peanut butter can be readily found anywhere in France.
Maggie blows up (part of) the grocery store. Almost immediately we hear the siren of a fire tender. We see the fire truck pass Maggie's car within a minute. Too soon, guys. Too soon.
The school publishes La Gazette. Serge's wife runs from the house and says: "Serge. They've published your son's poem." He says that he'll read it on the plane. She hands him a folded copy of the paper yet when we see it resting on his chest while he sleeps on the plane. it is uncreased. Pristine. As though it had just come off the presses.
Maggie keeps looking for peanut butter as "beurre de cacahuetes"-this is not the correct French translation which is beurre d'arachide.
When the hitmen arrive in the train station they take two cars, a Mercedes and a BMW. The BMW is a 5 Series (E39) which production began from September 1995. Since the action is taking place according to the school newspaper in May 1995, this car model isn't on the market yet.
The movie is set in 1995 but the Sony Disc player used by Belle and the DeeJay TV listing on the back of the La Repubblica newspaper are both from some time after 2002.
During the flashback with Fred glad-handing around town (supposedly in the 1970s), modern vehicles are visible in the foreground.
In earlier scene in the class, Warren Blake wrote on the notebook:"If it's good enough for you, it's godunov for me." Later, when it was printed on the newspaper, it said:" If it's godunov for you, it's good enough for me."