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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.

Director:

Denis Villeneuve
23 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie-Josée Croze ... Bibiane Champagne
Jean-Nicolas Verreault ... Evian
Stephanie Morgenstern ... Claire Gunderson
Pierre Lebeau ... The Fish (voice)
Kliment Denchev Kliment Denchev ... Head-Annstein Karlsen (as Klimbo)
John Dunn-Hill John Dunn-Hill ... Fishmonger
Marc Gélinas ... Stranger in Subway
Bobby Beshro Bobby Beshro ... Philippe Champagne
Marie-France Lambert ... Marie-Jeanne Sirois
Virginie Dubois Virginie Dubois ... Sara
Daniel Turcot Daniel Turcot ... Infernal fishmonger
Luis Oliva ... Fishmonger's employee
Darrell Lloyd Tucler Darrell Lloyd Tucler ... Fishmonger's employee
Léo Arguello Léo Arguello ... Fishmonger's employee
Martin Boucher 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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English | Norwegian

Release Date:

15 September 2000 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Maelstrom See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,250, 15 September 2000

Gross USA:

$33,410, 5 May 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Denis Villeneuve was disappointed with his first two movies, Un 32 août sur terre (1998) and Maelstrom (2000), so he took a nine-year sabbatical as a stay-at-home dad. He vowed to return "when I was ready to make a film I could be proud of", which was Polytechnique (2009). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hivernam (2002) See more »

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Et pourtant
Performed by Charles Aznavour
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A contemporary tale
2 September 2000 | by krn-2See 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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