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Chaos and Desire (2002)

La turbulence des fluides (original title)
A seismologist investigates the mysterious cessation of the tides near her Quebec home town.

Director:

Manon Briand

Writer:

Manon Briand
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2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascale Bussières ... Alice Bradley
Julie Gayet ... Catherine Rolland
Jean-Nicolas Verreault ... Marc Vandal
Geneviève Bujold ... Colette Lasalle
Norman Helms Norman Helms ... Michel
Vincent Bilodeau ... Simon Deslandes
Gabriel Arcand ... L'éditeur
Jean-Pierre Ronfard Jean-Pierre Ronfard ... Hanspeter
Stephen Chang ... Hijikata
Peter Kosaka Peter Kosaka ... Mori
Tsuyu Shimizu ... Yoko
Luc Proulx ... Réal
Ji-yan Seguin ... Camille
Denise Dubois ... Madame Guillet
Suzanne Garceau ... Soeur Berthe
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Storyline

Seismologist Alice Bradley is despatched to her home town of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, to investigate why the tides have stopped flowing there. She is reunited with an old college friend, reporter Catherine Rolland, and meets roguish pilot Marc Vandal. It soon becomes apparent that the problems with the tide coincided with a variety of odd behaviour amongst the Baie-Comeau residents, and Alice gradually realises that the solution to the mystery may be stranger than she ever anticipated. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French | English | Japanese

Release Date:

11 December 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaos and Desire See more »

Filming Locations:

Baie-Comeau, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Marc and Alice first kiss while standing on the beach, Alice rests her head on Marc's right shoulder, then in the next shot her head is on his left shoulder. See more »

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Lovely Head
Written by Goldfrapp
Performed by Goldfrapp
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Uneven but interesting film
16 September 2002 | by Frank Khi DouSee all my reviews

This beautifully photographed film tells the story of a scientist woman trying to explain an unusual phenomenon taken place in the Saint-Lawrence river in a recluse region of northern Quebec. Her work will take her to a journey she was not expecting which primarily deals with her own private longings. Some may say that the film takes way too long to get to the point which, from that perspective, must be the love story. Others may argue the exact opposite; that the love story is secondary to the natural disaster plot it therefore dilutes. I tend to believe that both stories are moving along at the same rate which is fairly slow and might even be perceived as hesitant. The overall effect is one of a very well done piece of cinema with a powerful dramatic finale but also of an almost lazy script that should have went through a couple more rewrites. In short, an uneven film with still lots of charm.


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