Maelstrom (2000)

DENIS VILLENEUVE

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 .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.  

Marie-Josee Croze in Maelstrom.

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 .

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