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La turbulence des fluides (2002)

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La Turbulence des fluides (2002)

;La Turbulence des fluides, production still;As La Turbulence des fluides opens, we are in Japan, a country that knows a lot about earthquakes. Here we meet Alice, played by Pascale Bussières, at work in a high-tech world far from the quiet life she left behind in Canada. Alice is a top French-Canadian seismologist, so when word comes of some very strange tidal activity in her hometown of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, it makes sense that she should be sent to investigate. It seems as if the tides have stopped rising and falling, and to the Japanese experts, the phenomenon signals a possible major, global earthquake. Once back home, Alice is confronted by numerous figures from her past and some unpleasant memories. She also has to deal with the unusual weather and inexplicable activities of some of the citizens. Of particular note is a superb performance from Geneviève Bujold playing a somewhat mysterious waitress, but look for the pack of decidely odd nuns, the eerie sleepwalking child and a women suddenly struck by lustful feelings. Along the way, Alice also runs into an old university pal who is now a seismologist as well and she meets a widower pilot who grows ever closer to Alice as the story unfolds.

While part of this film feels like one of those “you can never go home again” stories, there is far more at work here and it is all excellently told. The strangeness you feel watching this film is rooted in a fight between science and love. Are people acting strangely because the tides have stopped? Or have the tides stopped as some manifestation of so many human emotions suddenly at play? Also released in a subititled version for English audiences as Chaos and Desire, running at just under two hours, watching La Turbulence des fluides is well worth every minute.

115 minutes – Drama
Release date: September 6, 2002
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Canadian distributor: Alliance Atlantis
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MAIN CAST:
Pascale Bussières
Julie Gayet
Jean-Nicolas Verreault
Norman Helms
Gabriel Arcand
Genevieve Bujold
Hélène Grégoire
Vincent Bilodeau
Jean-Pierre Ronfard
Stephen Chang
Peter Kosaka
Tsuyu Shimizu
Luc Proulx
Ji-yan Seguin
Denise Dubois
Suzanne Garceau
Emmanuel Charest
Hiro Kanagawa
Jay Yoo
Stéphane Guignard
Richard Fortin
Fabien Cloutier
Sylvain Carrier
Bruno Couturier
Jacques Galipeau
André Beauchamps
Pierre Lebeau
Michel Lévesque
Marcelle Beaudin
Gaston Caron
Jean-Claude Rochette
Eric Aubin
Patrick Jean
Géraldine Charbonneau
Stefan Perrault
Lucie Roy
Hervé Gaudreault
Benoît Jobin
Isabelle Pelletier
Kun Chang
William Yao
Donat Breton
Liz Vandal

Luc Besson
Roger Frappier
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
Luc Vandal
Mehdi Sayah
Manon Briand
Manon Briand
David Franco
Richard Comeau
Simon Cloquet
Valmont

Alice Bradley
Catherine Rolland
Marc Vandal
Michel
Newspaper Editor
Colette Lasalle

Simon Deslandes
Hanspeter
Hijikata
Mori
Yoko
Réal
Camille
Madame Guillet
Soeur Berthe
Bastien
Kiyoshi
Hiromi
Airport technician

Golfer
Louis
Mayor
Gaston Lalonde

Pathologist
Monsieur Grondin
Instructor
Foreman
Onlooker

Policewoman
Policeman
Choir accompanyist
Television journalist
Television cameraman
Michel`s friend
Waitress
Bar waitress
Le prêtre
Marie Vandal