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Fall 2012 November 5 in Gibsons

Maelstrom

Canada 2000, 95 min, drama. French with English subtitles.
Director: Denis Villeneuve

Still from 'Starbuck'

Probably the first love story to be narrated by a craggy-voiced, smelly dead fish, Maelstrom is a perfect mix of dark humour, deep human yearning, and wild coincidence, so typical of Quebecois filmmaking. Marie-Josée Croze stars as Bibiane, a depressed alcoholic woman who hits a jaywalker while driving home and flees the scene. When she reads a newspaper account of a seafood delivery man killed by a hit-and-run driver, she’s convinced she was responsible. Guiltily attending the man’s funeral, Bibiane meets his son, Evian, and soon the two become romantically involved. But Bibiane is unable to tell Evian her secret.

MORE ABOUT THIS FILM

Reviews

Fathoming Meaning From a Talking Fish. NYTimes review by Stephen Holden, January 2002.

 

Awards

Genie Award for Best Motion Picture, Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction in 2001.

8 Jutra awards in 2001.

FIPRESCI Prize in the Panorama category at Berlinale 2001.

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