The Deep End (2001)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation.


6.6/10
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  • Goran Visnjic at an event for The Deep End (2001)
  • Goran Visnjic at an event for The Deep End (2001)
  • Raymond J. Barry and Goran Visnjic in The Deep End (2001)
  • Tilda Swinton and Goran Visnjic in The Deep End (2001)

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9 May 2002 | standingsixfeet1
10
| Give this film another chance . . .
I saw this film last summer in the theaters and while it didn't do much for me at the time, something in it stayed with me. I rented it again and watched it twice more and am now convinced it is a terrific film.

A lot has been said about Swinton's portrayal of a frustrated housewife and she is brilliant, she carries the film with a head-on intensity.

But the screenplay should also be lauded. Yes, this is straight out of 1940's noir, but it all works.

A lot has been said about the sex and sexuality switch of Swinton's son, but it works perfectly. One might ask . . . why doesn't she ask her son about the body before she dumps it? But that would involve TALKING to her son about his sexuality. She'd rather bury the evidence, than ever admit to herself that her son is gay.

Over the course of the film, Swinton begins to understand her son better, she realizes that everyone has their secrets and desires. Her son also realizes the worry he has put his mother through. The last shot, of mother and son huddled together on the bed is of two strong-willed people finally understanding each other as equals. It's a wonderfully telling moment.

Be sure to watch this film more than once . . . it can be taken on many levels.

james

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,852 12 August 2001

Gross USA:

$8,823,109

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,031,529

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