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Maelstrom (2000)

Maelström (original title)
After plunging her car into a river, a woman encounters a man who helps her come to terms with her life.

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Cast

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Evian
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Claire Gunderson
Pierre Lebeau ...
The Fish (voice)
Kliment Denchev ...
Head-Annstein Karlsen (as Klimbo)
John Dunn-Hill ...
Fishmonger
Marc Gélinas ...
Stranger in Subway
Bobby Beshro ...
Philippe Champagne
Marie-France Lambert ...
Marie-Jeanne Sirois
Virginie Dubois ...
Sara
Daniel Turcot ...
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Fishmonger's employee
Darrell Lloyd Tucler ...
Fishmonger's employee
Léo Arguello ...
Fishmonger's employee
Martin Boucher ...
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Storyline

On the surface, twenty-five year old Bibiane Champagne has the perfect life. She is the daughter of the famed Flo Fabert. She co-owns a chain of boutiques in Quebec with her brother, Philippe. But Bibi's life is in shambles. She has just had an abortion. And the boutiques are failing because of her incompetence, which is the result of or has led to her substance abuse. It is also the result of the high expectations on her. Bibi's story is told by a fish awaiting decapitation on a butcher's block, the fish as narrator largely because of the singular and accidental encounter she has with fifty-three year old Norwegian fishmonger, Annstein Karlsen. That encounter leads to a further failed decision by Bibi and a meeting with Annstein's son, Evian Karlsen, who does not know the full extent of Bibi and his father's relationship. Bibi's time with Evian may provide some salvation to her crumbling life. Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and an abortion scene | See all certifications »

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15 September 2000 (Canada)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$25,250 (USA) (15 September 2000)

Gross:

$33,410 (USA) (3 May 2002)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Raymond Bélisle's last film. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

The Ocean Doesn't Want Me
Performed by Tom Waits
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A contemporary tale
2 September 2000 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

I left the theater with a true smile "hooked" on my face. Here is a tale as grave and dark, and yet as lovely, as Grimm's original plots used to be, with however, a very personal imagery and contemporary twist. Fishes being cut in pieces by a fisherman tell this story about a young upper class women's life going from bad to worse. An neutral, almost "silent" camera shows very clean and beautiful takes of desperation and emptiness. Then, as the story turns, with odds only reality itself could invent, witty dialogs and situations light up the tale into a true bliss. The ageless fishes presents it all in a very solemn manner, conterbalancing wonderfully with the superficial and aimless modern world in which the characters live. The whole movie is thoughtful, questioning to the viewer and articulate in its very own way.


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