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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 she's not busy helping to run the family business with her brother Phillippe (Bobby Beshro). But Bibiane has not been especially happy in her work lately, owing in part to an unexpected pregnancy that led her to have an abortion. Bibiane tries drowning her sorrows in alcohol and drugs, and late one night, after several drinks too many, she hits a jaywalker… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Strange it is, but delightfully so."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"This is a nervy, risky film, and Villeneuve has inspired Croze to give herself over completely to the tormented persona of Bibi."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Antiseptic and distantly intellectual."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An oddity, to be sure, but one that you might wind up remembering with a degree of affection rather than revulsion."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"'Sophisticated' viewers who refuse to admit that they don't like it will likely call it 'challenging' to their fellow sophisticates."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Darkly funny and frequently insightful."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"Maelstrom is strange and compelling, engrossing and different, a moral tale with a twisted sense of humor."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Not too far below the gloss you can still feel director Denis Villeneuve's beating heart and the fondness he has for his characters."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"An oddly affecting and often darkly funny drama about the randomness of life and the possibility of redemption."
‑ Joe Leydon, San Francisco Examiner
"Offers the flash of rock videos fused with solid performances and eerie atmosphere."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"An original little film about one young woman's education."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Sensual, funny and, in the end, very touching."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Most fish stories are a little peculiar, but this is one that should be thrown back in the river."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"The main story ... is compelling enough, but it's difficult to shrug off the annoyance of that chatty fish."
‑ Mary F. Pols, Contra Costa Times
"I'll put it this way: If you're in the mood for a melodrama narrated by talking fish, this is the movie for you."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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