Maelstrom
Maelstrom (2000)

Love, death, and fish all mingle in this offbeat comedy-drama from award-winning Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. Bibiane Champagne (Marie-Josee Croze) is the daughter of a well-known fashion designer who dabbles in modeling when… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 8, 2003
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Strange it is, but delightfully so.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

This is a nervy, risky film, and Villeneuve has inspired Croze to give herself over completely to the tormented persona of Bibi.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Antiseptic and distantly intellectual.

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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

Darkly funny and frequently insightful.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Maelstrom is strange and compelling, engrossing and different, a moral tale with a twisted sense of humor.

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Ron Wells
Film Threat

Not too far below the gloss you can still feel director Denis Villeneuve's beating heart and the fondness he has for his characters.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

An original little film about one young woman's education.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Sensual, funny and, in the end, very touching.

Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

Most fish stories are a little peculiar, but this is one that should be thrown back in the river.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
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John Ballantine
Great creative effort by Denis Villeneuve who has grown steadily since undertaking this picture. Not everyone can pull off narration from a fish on the chopping… More
Greg S
A young woman's life unravels when she has an abortion, then a few days later hits a pedestrian with her car and flees in a panic. MAELSTROM is not for… More
Janice :d
Maelström is the brilliantly told story of a young woman dealing with the chaos that ensues from the hit-and-run she committs. I especially enjoyed how it was… More
Walter M.
As narrated by a fish with its head on the chopping block, "Maelstrom" starts with Bibi(Marie-Josee Croze) having an abortion. Afterwards, her best… More
Wu Chouin
I should see this again. Wasn't a big fan the first time.