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The Weight of Water

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Two stories unravel simultaneously in this dark and suspenseful film. The first story, set in the present day, concerns a photographer, Jean (Catherine McCormack). She is working on an article for a magazine about a pair of bloody murders that happened 200 years before on the Isle of Shoals, just off the coast of New Hampshire. To get the pictures she needs she must visit the location of the murders, and so her husband, Thomas (Sean Penn), arranges a yachting trip with his brother, Rich (Josh Lucas), and Rich's girlfriend, Adaline (Elizabeth Hurley). The foursome pal around, enjoying the sea and the sun, while Adaline shamelessly seduces Thomas. Meanwhile, Jean is reliving the Isle of Shoals murders in her head, which is where the second story comes in. Maren (Sarah Polley) is a Norwegian woman who has recently immigrated to America with her husband. When her sister (Katrin Cartlidge) and sister-in-law (Vinessa Shaw) are brutally bludgeoned to death with an axe, she is the sole survivor, and thus the only one who knows the truth about what happened. THE WEIGHT OF WATER draws a parallel between these two tense episodes, as the surf swirls menacingly, foretelling imminent disaster.
    • Rating - violence, sexuality/nudity, and brief language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ST8097-D

  • Credits
    Elizabeth Hurley, Liz Hurley, Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Sarah Polley, Anders W. Berthelsen, Katrin Cartlidge, Ciaran Hinds, Joshua Lucas, Josh Lucas, Vinessa Shaw, Ulrich Thomsen
  • Critic Reviews
    "...THE WEIGHT OF WATER is certainly sexy..."
    New York Times

    "...The cast is in good form, and the 19th-century half gets more interesting as it goes..."
    USA Today

    "...[Polley] gives a stunning performance..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...The movie maneuvers skillfully through the plot's hot brine..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Bigelow's adaptation of Anita Shreve's novel is intriguing..."
    Sight and Sound

    "[Polley] is spectacularly fierce."

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