Following yet another abortion and break-up, Bilbaine (Marie-Josée Croze) descends into a world of trendy bars and one-night stands. After a particularly heavy bout of drinking, she kills a man in a hit-and-run accident, sparking a downward spiral that is somehow fittingly absurd. Her penance is rewarded, however, with a remarkable twist of fate, one that resonates with an appropriate dream-logic. Peppering this urban study with references to Norwegian folktales, Villeneuve creates in "Maelstrom" a world where the bizarre is credible and the real turns magical. Starring Marie-Josée Croze and Jean-Nicolas Verrault. Directed and written by Denis Villeneuve. Produced by Roger Frappier and Luc Vandal. No distributor set. Drama. French-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 88 min.