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The Deep End [DVD]
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Tilda Swinton is riveting as Margaret Hall, a conscientious mom raising a family in Lake Tahoe who is entangled in a web of blackmail. While she frets over transporting her kids to ballet and baseball practice, she worries that her teenage son, Beau (Jonathan Tucker), is involved in a sleazy nightclub life in nearby Nevada. Margaret's husband is a Naval officer who is often away at sea, so she is alone in rearing her family. When Beau gets into a car accident with his gay lover, Darby (Joshua Lucas), after a night of partying in Reno, Margaret takes matters into her own hands and tells Darby to stay away from her son. A few days later Darby shockingly turns up dead next to her boathouse. Shortly thereafter, mysterious Alek (Goran Visnjic of the television series ER) comes to Margaret's door armed with an incriminating video of her son and Darby and threatens to go to the police if she doesn't pay him $50,000. The film's mystery and tension mount as the plot twists and turns--in one scene Tilda Swinton's captivating eyes frantically look on as the strangely tormented Goran Visnjic performs CPR in an emergency worthy of ER.
Directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee, famous for their inventive first feature, SUTURE, trade idiosyncrasy for atmosphere using Giles Nuttgens's fluid cinematography--which oozes with mystery in cool blues and refracted light--to set the frightening and suspenseful mood of THE DEEP END.
- some violence and language, and for a strong sex scene
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2003166
Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Raymond J. Barry, Peter Donat, Jordan Dorrance, Tamara Hope, Joshua Lucas, Josh Lucas
"...A thoughtful, cleanly etched [film]....Tilda Swinton's brilliantly low-key performance gives the film its dramatic anchor..."
"...Watching Swinton is an amazement....Visnjic invests his role with charm and a credible humanity....THE DEEP END springs surprises that entertain and provoke..."
"...This noir thriller is so thought-provoking, visually stunning and emotionally resonant that it could emerge as one of the best films of the year..."
"...A tidy story of polish and sophistication, THE DEEP END thrives on the resolute Tilda Swinton....Her work is magnificent....It's her best and most memorable performance..."
New York Times
"...For the first time, Swinton as an actress seems truly liberated..."
"...Exquisitely made with a mesmerizing sense of style....[Swinton's] performance here is quietly astonishing, a triumph of demure urgency and controlled desperation..."
Los Angeles Times
"...Tilda Swinton gives a fierce performance..."
Sight and Sound
"...[The] visual inventiveness is bolstered by excellent turns from Swinton and ER's Goran Visnjic..."
"A beguiling surface calm and a bottomless sense of dread coexist in this thriller with a quietly sensational performance by Tilda Swinton."
Wall Street Journal
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