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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 ... 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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Trivia

Raymond Bélisle's last film. See more »

Quotes

Evian: He wasn't supposed to be cremated.
Funeral home employee: Oh no? Oops!
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Crazy Credits

There is text at the beginning of the movie in Norwegian: "Vi ber om unnskyldning til alle våre norske venner. Filmen viser et bilde av Norge som er basert på klisjéer. Vi skrev filmmanuset under hypnose. Vi beklager at alt i filmen er oppspinn."

It translates as: "We apologize to all our Norwegian friends. The film shows a picture of Norway based on clichés. We wrote the movie script under hypnosis. We regret that everything in the movie is spinning." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hivernam (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ocean Doesn't Want Me
Performed by Tom Waits
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User Reviews

A fishy tale
12 February 2004 | by davidbyrne77See all my reviews

There are opening scenes to movies, and then there's Maelstrom! Easily one of the most memorable and daring intro's I've seen in recent memory. I was humming that tune for days! The tale is simple, easy to follow, but I won't give it away - the unusual coincidences and twists in this film should be experienced fresh. However, the course of the story brings the viewer various emotions; frustration and disdain at a young woman engaging in questionable activities (not to mention the crime that she goes relatively unpunished for), humour in foreign situations (a heavy car, fisherman versions of justice), and finally happiness (but I won't say how). Oh, yeah, and it's narrated by a fish! Several fishes, I should say. Which gives the film a quirkiness that's refreshing, given the sometimes dark and depressing subject matter. <you twinkle above us, we twinkle below.......>


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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English | Norwegian

Release Date:

15 September 2000 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$254,380

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$254,380
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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