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Sunday, 9 October 2016

MAELSTROM [2000]

There's a shortage of humorously bleak films narrated by mutilated French-Canadian fish.  Director Denis Villeneuve's remedies this with the dark character comedy Maelström.
The fish tells the story of a young alcoholic woman's life that begins unraveling at the seams after she flees the scene of the elderly man she hits and kills with her car.
Glued together with a bizarre aquatic theme, the film is unsettling, hypnotizing and nervously funny because it's just so damned weird.  Marie-Josée Croze delivers a fantastic performance as what should be an unlikable character but she has an aura about her that makes it all so sympathetic.  It's not Villeneuve's strongest film but it doesn't make it any less mesmerizing.

3½ tough octopus out of 5

2 comments:

budarc said...

Sounds interesting. I've seen Villeneuve's last three films, but I'm admittedly ignorant of his earlier works. I feel like I should get better acquainted by the time Blade Runner 2049 rolls around.

I'm trying to think of another movie narrated by a fish. The closest one I can think of is The Future, which was narrated by a cat.

cuckoo said...

Incendies is definitely worth checking out.

Polytechnique as well. Even more so.
Just a heads up though, there's two different versions filmed.
One in English and one in it's proper French-Canadian language.