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Maelstrom [DVD] [1985]


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Product details

  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Run Time: 283 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 9051597010
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,384 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Maelström (2000). Import from The Netherlands with English soundtrack.
On the surface, twenty-five year old Bibiane Champagne has the perfect life. She is the daughter of the famed Flo Fabert. She co-owns a chain of boutiques in Quebec with her brother, Philippe. But Bibi's life is in shambles. She has just had an abortion. And the boutiques are failing because of her incompetence, which is the result of or has led to her substance abuse. It is also the result of the high expectations on her. Bibi's story is told by a fish awaiting decapitation on a butcher's block, the fish as narrator largely because of the singular and accidental encounter she has with fifty-three year old Norwegian fishmonger, Annstein Karlsen. That encounter leads to a further failed decision by Bibi and a meeting with Annstein's son, Evian Karlsen, who does not know the full extent of Bibi and his father's relationship. Bibi's time with Evian may provide some salvation to her crumbling life.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 May 2008
Maelstrom has been a favourite of mine ever since I recorded it off air in 1984 and subsequently transferred it to VHS then DVD.

Catherine Durrell (Tusse Silberg) living in England is left a large legacy by someone she has never heard of in Norway, and arriving there is warmly welcomed by her benefactors children Anna Marie Jordahl(Susan Gilmore) and her sister Ingrid (Edita Brychta) and Husband Lars (Christopher Scoular), and is attracted to a journalist Anders Bjornson (David Beames). Also a late appearance of Ann Todd as the Jordahls great aunt Astrid.

The acting throughout is very good, although David Beames does seem to have difficulty involving us in his dialogue.

A good screen play by Michael Bird, interesting and believable characters and the unusual plot draw one into the drama, as it progresses through the beautiful Norwegian fjords, countryside and house interiors. The pictorial quality and framing of the scenery is outstanding.

A very fine specimen of 1980s BBC contemporary drama, unfortunately the transfer quality is only adequate.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Maelstrom Fan on 10 Feb 2008
I watched this as a child (maybe 8/9yrs old) and it scared me to death! I hadn't seen it until I managed to get the DVD from Amazon this week- an import but in English- and the subtitles can be removed.

Well i found in no less engaging 20 years later, the whole china doll thing gets me spooked for a start- but the house on the island- and the way the finger starts to point to one of the characters is great.

Very watchable and entertaining and the scenery in Norway is stunning
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Oct 2009
Amazing remeber this from my childhood scared me then and still manages to scare me now. A great flashback to the days where a closed door could build tension in a film with just enough old fashioned romance.
Maybe a little slow moving for younger viewers but keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Olding on 2 Sep 2009
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In my opinion Michael J Bird could do little wrong. Maelstrom is no exception. Filmed in beautiful Norway, a more than competent cast act out an absorbing thriller with some genuinely sinister moments.The pace of the mystery is perhaps slow by today's standards, but for me that is one of Maelstrom's strengths as one can relate more easily with the main characters.
Maelstom is an engaging thriller with a first class script, solid directing and ,typical of Michael J Bird, filmed in a splendid location.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lee kaay on 24 Jun 2008
This scared me as a kid thsoe dolls and the endless trips back and forth to the house - these days the whole show would have been edited to 2 hours but thankfully this was the care free 1980s. Okay, some of the acting is dire espcially the blonde one who cannot act out of a paper bag, very wooden, lots of fake stares and gasps but its a good drama with a twist you can see coming. Great scenery of Norway which did make me want to go and visit (i did!!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Louis Des Preaux on 21 Aug 2011
This is a very clever story. Also, the photography is superb. But, again, do not waste time reading this. Buy and enjoy the DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Parkie on 20 Feb 2009
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As mentioned in another review, if this were made today it would be a fast paced one off drama. And that would ruin it. Yes, the pace may be a little slow by today's standards. But this allows you to get more involved with the characters, and absorb the atmosphere of the story and setting. There are some genuinely creepy moments in this that stand out all the more for bobbing up like submerged hazards in a calm fjord.

It is an intriguing story played out in a beautiful and refreshingly different setting. The almost constant sunshine of the Norwegian mid-summer makes a falsely reassuring background for a tale of mental illness and a family either ignorant of or choosing to be so of a dark secret that has brought a stranger into the very heart of their world.

Tusse Silberg is a very likeable heroine, and David Beames is well matched to her, if a little distant. Which maybe an attempt to convey the cool nature of the Scandinavians. This coolness certainly shows in his apparent lack of enthusiasm to investigate what he believes to be a murder. Ann Todd makes the most of her appearances, giving a sterling performance as the tortured Aunt who just wants the past to stay in the past.

There is an extra presence beyond the creepy china dolls though - the baleful prescence of the house on the island. This is no forbidding Manderlay though. Despite appearing to be an idyllic home in it's own little paradise, the house seems more sinister each time we see it. Even the bright and inviting ground floor begins to seem hostile.

This is a well crafted gem that will linger in your mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on 20 May 2013
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I watched all of it in one sitting, so it must have been good! It's a bit dated now and not as scary as I remembered it to be when I was 9 or 10. The acting was a bit woody in places but the nontheless the storyline still kept me on the edge of my seat.
In fact I was amazed at how much I had remembered, so the film clearly had an impact on me first time around.
The dolls I still find quite spooky but the best part was; that I had forgotten the end.
Would recommend.
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