Chaos and Desire

Director: Manon Briand Year: 2002 Run Time: 115min
Chaos and Desire (La turbulence des fluides) (2002)

A Quebecois seismologist living in Tokyo returns to her hometown to investigate the strange disruption of the tides along the St Lawrence, in Manon Briand’s atmospheric and deftly humorous drama.

Suspecting that the cessation of the tides might indicate an impending earthquake, Alice (Pascale Bussieres) arrives in Baie-Comeau, Quebec to solve the mystery.

Confronted by numerous people from her past, unusual weather and the inexplicable behaviour of the locals (including Genevieve Bujold as the owner of a local diner who is convinced of a supernatural explanation), Alice’s scientific certainty begins to waver Though many of the locals’ stories don’t stand up to scrutiny, she starts to suspect that something beyond her comprehension may be happening.

“So visually energetic and smartly written that one never stops enjoying the sheer pleasure of looking at it.” – Liz Braun, Jam! Movies


Manon Briand


Manon Briand


Pascale Bussieres


Comedy, Drama, Thriller


English, French


English, French

Closed Captioning:

English, French

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
14A British Columbia
14A Manitoba
14 New Brunswick
14 Newfoundland and Labrador
14 Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
14A Ontario
14 Prince Edward Island
14A Québec
14A Saskatchewan
14A Yukon