Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Major lesbian character
Short Take: In a small town in Quebec, the tide suddenly stops. A journalist tries to connect with the seismologist who arrives to study the phenomenon.
Alternate Titles: La turbulence des fluides
Year: 2002
Duration: 112 min
Language: Canada, France/French
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Manon Briand
Writer: Manon Briand
Starring: Pascale Bussieres, Julie Gayet, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Genevieve Bujold, Norman Helms, Vincent Bilodeau, Gabriel Arcand, Jean-Pierre Ronfard, Stephen Chang, Peter Kosaka, Tsuyu Shimizu, Luc Proulx, Ji-yan Seguin, Denise Dubois, Suzanne Garceau

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+Alt Tags+In a small town in Quebec, the tide suddenly stops. It is her birthplace, so seismologist Alice (Pascale Bussières, La Repetition, When Night Is Falling) is sent to investigate. There she gets involved in a local story about a woman who died in the bay, and she becomes attracted to Marc (Jean-Nicolas Verreault), the man who lost his wife. At the same time, Catherine (Julie Gayet) arrives to cover the story for a magazine, knowing that Alice may be there. They’re old friends from college, and Catherine is in love with her.

It’s an odd story about longing and sensitivity, with beautiful and stunning photography. Alice and Catherine are both sexy and sensual, as part of the mood of the film, although they do not end up with one another. It seems part of the natural rhythm that Alice connects with Marc, and Catherine hooks up with a local female cop … and the tide comes in again. (AB)