The Indiepix Films DVD release of the 2012 drama "The Whirlpool" shows that that neo-modern French New Wave cinema stays true to its roots. The torrid eroticism and stylistic scenes still are there.
20-something disenfranchised Parisians Agathe and Victor soon begin a sex-fueled adventure after randomly meeting in Niagara Falls. Of course, these extroverts engage in more than ample introspection.
Many of the best scenes involve our young lusters engaging in pillow talk in their hotel. Their discussion of favorite foods and comparing the cuisines of France and America is a highlight; Victor hilariously is not shy about particularly expressing his opinion about Denny's restaurants.
The bonding includes a discussion of travel, which leads to Agathe joining her new friend on a road trip to the community to which seemingly his entire family immigrated from France. This sort of a homecoming does not go as well as expected but is better than it might have been. It also provides a context for Pierre to further bear his soul to Agathe and the audience.
Subtle and not-so-subtle religious symbolism then enters the picture in a manner that fully allows Victor portrayor Pierre Pierrier to fully display his boyish charm and other assets. The primary theme as to this is forgiveness and rebirth.
All of this wraps up with our couple getting closure and generally being more happy and stable than they are when they first hook up.
The DVD bonuses consist of a "Whirlpool" trailer and "making-of" interviews with the two stars who carry virtually all of the film.