Maelstrom Reviews

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October 15, 2019
Directed with astonishing flair by Denis Villeneuve, and powered by a charismatic performance from Marie-Josée Croze, this is an art film that is more bracing than most, surfing themes of guilt and despair without getting dragged down by the undertow.
September 4, 2019
Birth and death are connected in 'Maelström', in which Villeneuve does not execute any kind of judgment on Bibiane's alleged lack of morality. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 6, 2005
August 27, 2005
December 27, 2004
December 8, 2002
Not too far below the gloss you can still feel director Denis Villeneuve's beating heart and the fondness he has for his characters.
August 1, 2002
Strange it is, but delightfully so.
June 6, 2002
Darkly funny and frequently insightful.
May 28, 2002
An oddity, to be sure, but one that you might wind up remembering with a degree of affection rather than revulsion.
May 10, 2002
An oddly affecting and often darkly funny drama about the randomness of life and the possibility of redemption.
May 10, 2002
An original little film about one young woman's education.
May 9, 2002
The main story ... is compelling enough, but it's difficult to shrug off the annoyance of that chatty fish.
April 5, 2002
This is a nervy, risky film, and Villeneuve has inspired Croze to give herself over completely to the tormented persona of Bibi.
April 4, 2002
Offers the flash of rock videos fused with solid performances and eerie atmosphere.
March 29, 2002
Maelstrom is strange and compelling, engrossing and different, a moral tale with a twisted sense of humor.
March 22, 2002
Sensual, funny and, in the end, very touching.
March 13, 2002
[Villeneuve] seems to realize intuitively that even morality is reduced to an option by the ultimate mysteries of life and death.
March 9, 2002
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.
February 9, 2002
The overall story is one of intriguing insight and emotion, well-acted by the cast and ambitiously directed by Villeneuve.
February 1, 2002
Sucks you into its vortex with offbeat humor, moody photography, and -- despite some stylistic gimmickry -- scenes of surprising honesty.
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