Denis Villeneuve directs Marie Josée Croze, Jean-Nicolas Verreault and Stephanie Morgenstern in this French Canadian existential drama about a woman who has an abortion – told from the point of view of a mutant fish on a chopping block.
Pretentious but not without its moments. The storytelling happens in little wave like arcs, so you catch up with some characters’ significance a little later, after they make their interruptions on the protagonist’s life. Feels like the overreaching early work of a director feted for bigger things… and that’s exactly how Villeneuve’s career worked out.
Perfect Double Bill: August 32nd on Earth (1998)
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