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Love, death, and fish all mingle in this offbeat comedy-drama from award-winning Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. Bibiane Champagne (Marie-Josee Croze) is the daughter of a well-known fashion designer who dabbles in modeling when she's not busy helping to run the family business with her brother Phillippe (Bobby Beshro). But Bibiane has not been especially happy in her work lately, owing in part to an unexpected pregnancy that led her to have an abortion. Bibiane tries drowning her sorrows
Sep 15, 2000 Wide
Apr 8, 2003
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This is a nervy, risky film, and Villeneuve has inspired Croze to give herself over completely to the tormented persona of Bibi.
Maelstrom is strange and compelling, engrossing and different, a moral tale with a twisted sense of humor.
Sensual, funny and, in the end, very touching.
Not too far below the gloss you can still feel director Denis Villeneuve's beating heart and the fondness he has for his characters.
Most fish stories are a little peculiar, but this is one that should be thrown back in the river.
An oddity, to be sure, but one that you might wind up remembering with a degree of affection rather than revulsion.
An oddly affecting and often darkly funny drama about the randomness of life and the possibility of redemption.
The main story ... is compelling enough, but it's difficult to shrug off the annoyance of that chatty fish.
'Sophisticated' viewers who refuse to admit that they don't like it will likely call it 'challenging' to their fellow sophisticates.
Offers the flash of rock videos fused with solid performances and eerie atmosphere.
I'll put it this way: If you're in the mood for a melodrama narrated by talking fish, this is the movie for you.
Villeneuve spends too much time wallowing in Bibi's generic angst (there are a lot of shots of her gazing out windows).
The overall story is one of intriguing insight and emotion, well-acted by the cast and ambitiously directed by Villeneuve.
Sucks you into its vortex with offbeat humor, moody photography, and -- despite some stylistic gimmickry -- scenes of surprising honesty.
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