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Actors: Marie-Josée Croze, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Stephanie Morgenstern, Pierre Lebeau, Klimbo
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
R     2003     1hr 27min


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Actors: Marie-Josée Croze, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Stephanie Morgenstern, Pierre Lebeau, Klimbo
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Creators: André Turpin, Denis Villeneuve, Richard Comeau, Luc Vandal, Roger Frappier
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Pregnancy & Childbirth
Studio: Arrow Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/08/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French, Norwegian
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

An uncategorizable gem
Ben Gilworth | Los Angeles, CA United States | 03/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My favorite film at Sundance in 2001. Rare is the film that can confront death and alienation with humor, and with a profound lightness. Maelstrom is also incredibly romantic. An uncategorizable gem, beautifully shot."
Outstanding and shocking (even without the talking fish)
Nassira Nicola | Cambridge, MA United States | 12/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Right, so if you've heard anything about Maelstrom, it was probably "Yuck/wow/hmmm, it's narrated by a series of fish on the chopping block." Yep, it is. That's not why you should see it, though.Bibi is a successful fashion designer in Montreal whose personal life is in a shambles; she can't escape from her famous mother's shadow, nor from the shock and guilt of the abortion she has in the first scene of the film. She gets drunk one night and kills a Norwegian fisherman in a hit-and-run accident. From that moment, what's left of her life becomes entwined with what's left of his.Bitterly funny moments abound: the soundtrack in the abortion scene plays "Good Morning Starshine"; an obnoxious journalist tries to interview an uncooperative (and hungover) Bibi; she very bluntly declares her love (ok, lust) on an airport runway; she is forced to drink to a toast calling for her own disembowellment; her best friend loses track of how many abortions she's had, and unwittingly sings a gory Norwegian battle song as a lullaby . . .As the list of "jokes" may indicate, this is often a very dark film. But in the end, it goes a long way toward making you think about the nature of fate, life, death, love, and redemption - and in its odd little way, it's quite uplifting. The cinematography is breathtaking.And, hey, there's a talking fish."
alexbl_extreme | Montreal, QC | 05/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the new wave of Canadian movies, intense, smart, and incredibly wicked. Croze's act is flawless, and watching the original french version of the movie adds a twist to her performance."
Canadian gem
captain jim | 08/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Maelstrom earned best film, best director, and best actress in canada for good reason. Highly imaginative and original, this is a story about life and death. A story about a young woman told by a 'cronenbergesque' fish on a chopping block."