Maelstrom (2000)

During one rainy summer night, 25-year-old Bibiane Champagne hits a man with her car. The victim, a 53-year-old fishmonger whom Bibiane abandons on the street, manages to get back home to die peacefully in his kitchen. Bibiane's life… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: September 15, 2000
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Strange it is, but delightfully so.

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.

Full review…
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Antiseptic and distantly intellectual.

Full review…
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

Darkly funny and frequently insightful.

Full review…
Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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

Full review…
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.

Full review…
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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

Full review…
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.

More reviews for Maelstrom

Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Michael S
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.