Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. Canada, 2000. Max Films Productions, Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles, Téléfilm Canada. Screenplay by Denis Villeneuve. Cinematography by Andre Turpin. Produced by Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal. Music by Pierre Desrochers. Production Design by Sylvain Gingras. Costume Design by Denis Sperdouklis. Film Editing by Richard Comeau. Toronto International Film Festival 2000.
There’s not much you can say about a movie narrated by a bloody, dying fish. Quirky and wry, this French-Canadian film tells the story of a young woman who is not having the best week: she’s suffering with guilt over the abortion she’s just had, her career as a boutique-chain owner is threatening to flush down the toilet, and she’s just run over an innocent pedestrian with her car without stopping to see if he was alright. Enter the victim’s handsome Norwegian son to assist her towards redemption and happiness. The story tries for poignancy, but as it takes half the film’s running time just to figure out what it’s all about it fails to really make its mark. What you are left with, though, is gorgeous cinematography of Montreal locations and an excellent lead performance by Marie-Josée Croze.