Denis Villeneuve

Maelström

A woman becomes chaotically entangled with the son of a man she accidentally kills in a hit-and-run.

Image from Maelström

Canada 2000
Dir Denis Villeneuve
With Marie-Josée Croze, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Stephanie Morgenstern
87min
35mm
English subtitles

Villeneuve’s second feature, a dark comedy about a young woman unravelling after a hit-and-run accident, is bursting with ideas – most notably exploring his reccurring concerns with cyclical violence and women in crisis. It’s also Villeneuve at his most playful: the whole piece is narrated by a talking fish as it’s being butchered at a fishmonger’s table. The director himself has stated he considers Maelström a ‘brother’ to his later surreal reflection on anxiety, Enemy.

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