La Turbulence des fluides (Chaos and Desire) (2002)
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A scientist living in Tokyo is sent to a small Canadian town to study the tides in this visually inventive feature from director Manon Briand. Suspecting that the cecassion of the tides may indicate an impending earthquake, Seismologist Alice (Pascale Bussieres) arrives in her hometown of Baie-Comeau, Quebec to commence her investigation. Soon confronted by numerous figures from her past, the unusual weather and inexplicable behavior of the citizens lead Alice to believe that something beyond
Jan 1, 2002 Wide
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Briand's first film, 2 Seconds, was a success. With Chaos and Desire she has overreached herself, but she is an ambitious artist and is moving in an intriguing direction.
With a smile halfway between seduction and a smirk, and an intensity that speaks of dark secrets and longing, Bussières has the duality needed to play Alice, a seismologist from sleepy Baie-Comeau.
A little too slick and self-aware, [the movie] never sinks under the weight of its themes, but this artsy craft of a film does creak and list en route to a safe, soppy ending.
Little more than a fish-out-of-water tale told like my uncle's suspect raves of his annual fishing trip: colourful but not terribly enlightening.
Briand's excellent widescreen composition and Brussieres' cool, composed sunglassed figure are immediately inviting, and the townspeople, who include diner owner Genevieve Bujold, are quirky but not overly so.
So visually energetic and smartly written that one never stops enjoying the sheer pleasure of looking at it.
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