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Opens on June 7

Director: Denis Villeneuve Run Time: 87 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2000 Language: French

Starring: Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Kliment Denchev, Marie-Josée Croze, Pierre Lebeau, Stephanie Morgenstern

A fish — yes, a fish — narrates this phantasmagoric comedy of predestination while being butchered. Beautiful Montreal heiress and model Bibiane (Marie-Josée Croze) moves through life with ease until she gets drunk and fatally hits a Norwegian fisherman and later falls in love with his catch of a son. An early look at the preoccupations with morality and fate, this second feature curio sits at the cross between the works of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Krzysztof Kieślowski and would mark a turning point in the director’s career. For any who may find offense in its material, the film opens with the mea culpa: “We apologize to all our Norwegian friends.”


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