Character: Herself
Directed by: Jeff Mizushima
Written by: Jeff Mizushima
Other cast: Richard Vallejos, Megan Harvey, Caveh Zahedi, Matt Garron, Rachel Stolte, Solon Bixler
Release date: 4 September 2010
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Running time: 88 min

After Richard's best and only friend,  a dwarf hamster named Etienne, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decides to take him on a bicycle road trip up the California coast to show him the world before he must put him to sleep.

Story Description

Etienne! is a film about the little things in life.

It tells the story of Richard who spends his days taking care of his best friend, a dwarf hamster named Etienne. He builds habitats, contructs helicopters for his pocket pet and treats his animal companion, as he would like to be treated. One day, bad news arrives and Richard finds out that his hamster has terminal cancer. The veterinarian recommends euthanasia before the animal begins to suffer but instead, Richard decides to take Etienne on a bicycle road trip to give it a chance to see the world before it dies. On the road up the California coast, they both experience a new world. Their adventures introduce them to new discoveries about life and the people in it.

Etienne! is about the randomness of fate and happenstance.

It tells the story of Elodie, a young free spirit who has been emotionally crushed after the breakup with her long-term boyfriend. The comfort and structure of that relationship has put new perspectives on her life. She decides to take a break from college to reconnect with her former independence. As Richard and Elodie’s journeys unfold, the two become fatefully connected. And with both of their stories collide, the life of Etienne turn their worlds into a much smaller place.

Sophia’s Role

Sophia stars as herself. She appears in only one scene of the movie, where Richard is attempting to grab an apple from a tree.


Film Festival Screenings

Quotes from Others

Jeff Mizushima

Sophia is a big time Hollywood actress. It was a favor and a coincidence she’s in the film at all and we didn’t know how to credit her or if we should credit her, so it ended up the way it is. I don’t know, this was a strange situation. Every time I see her scene I always say to myself, “What the fuck is Sophia Myles doing in Etienne?” In a good way.