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La Turbulence des fluides (Chaos and Desire)

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


Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense


Manon Briand


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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (4)

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.

March 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

January 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

December 4, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

July 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

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.

May 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A hot, visually entrancing film.

January 27, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

So visually energetic and smartly written that one never stops enjoying the sheer pleasure of looking at it.

January 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The schmaltz factor mushrooms when Briand introduces a gaggle of singing nuns who warble 'Ave Maria.'

January 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for La Turbulence des fluides (Chaos and Desire)

I can't get enough of Pascale Bussieres. It is such a shame that she is not more well known outside of Quebec. It is a strange series of events in Brian Mulroney's hometown. No the ex-PM didn't suck away the tides.
October 28, 2007
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