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Maelstrom (2000)
"Maelström" (original title)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Evian
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Claire Gunderson
Pierre Lebeau ...
The Fish (voice)
Klimbo ...
Head-Annstein Karlsen
John Dunn-Hill ...
Fishmonger
Marc Gélinas ...
Stranger in Subway
Bobby Beshro ...
Philippe Champagne
Marie-France Lambert ...
Marie-Jeanne Sirois
Virginie Dubois ...
Sara
Daniel Turcot ...
Luis Oliva ...
Fishmonger's employee
Darrell Lloyd Tucler ...
Fishmonger's employee
Léo Arguello ...
Fishmonger's employee
Martin Boucher ...
Driver
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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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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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Hypnotic, good story, but a little slow in places
30 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is a somewhat 'arthouse' film with lots of symbolic metaphors intertwined into the story. The story itself is not bad, it is focused around one main character and manages to sustain the interest of the viewer through some clever turns. The filming, the imagery, are extremely well done at times, managing to convey perfectly a sense of isolation/dissociation. The drawbacks are certain extended scenes, romantic interludes that begin to feel a bit slow, a bit quiet. Some scenes could have been put, like the fish in this movie, on the chopping block. Still other scenes seem a little too fabricated/coincidental. Overall, this is a minor success, compelling and dramatic, interesting and original. No earth shattering epiphanies here, but still a solid tale done up in many colours.


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