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Plot, Details & Awards

Maelstrom

(2002)
R In Theaters 01/25/2002 , 95min.
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Plot & Details

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 while driving home. The pedestrian staggers away after the accident, and the next morning, Bibiane remembers what happened and is frightened at the prospect that she may have killed someone. When Bibiane reads a newspaper account the next day of a seafood delivery man who died in his kitchen after being struck by a hit-and-run driver, she's convinced she was responsible for the crime. Guiltily attending the man's funeral, Bibiane strikes up a conversation with his son, Evian (Jean-Nicholas Verreault), and soon the two have become romantically involved, with Bibiane unable to tell Evian her secret. Maelstrom was shown in competition at both the Montreal World Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival in 2000.

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Genie Awards Best Cinematography André Turpin Won
2000 Genie Awards Best Sound Gilles Corbeil Nominated
2000 Genie Awards Best Sound Luc Boudrias Nominated
2000 Genie Awards Best Supporting Actor Jean-Nicolas Verreault Nominated
2000 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Mathieu Beaudin Nominated
2000 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Francois Senneville Nominated
2000 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Jérôme Décarie Nominated
2000 Genie Awards Best Director Denis Villeneuve Won
2000 Genie Awards Best Picture Won
2000 Genie Awards Best Screenplay Denis Villeneuve Won
2000 Genie Awards Best Sound Louis Gignac Nominated
2000 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Carole Gagnon Nominated
2000 Genie Awards Best Actress Marie-Josée Croze Won
2000 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Antoine Morin Nominated
2000 Genie Awards Best Editing Richard Comeau Nominated
2000 Genie Awards Best Art Direction/Production Design Sylvain Gingras Nominated

Montr?al World Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Montr?al World Film Festival FedEx Award for Best Canadian Film Denis Villeneuve Won
2000 Montr?al World Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution for Photography Andr? Turpin Won

Montréal World Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Montréal World Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution for Photography André Turpin Won
2000 Montréal World Film Festival FedEx Award for Best Canadian Film Denis Villeneuve Won

Toronto Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Canadian Film [Runner-up] Won

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