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THE DEEP END
USA: Fox Searchlight
UK: Twentieth Century Fox Film
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Peter Donat, Josh Lucas, Raymond J Barry, Tamara Hope, Jordon Dorrance, Margo Krindel, Georgann Johnson, Holmes Osborne, Kip Martin, Richard Gross, Kandice Jensen
Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
USA: 99 mins
UK: 100 mins
USA Rated: R for some violence and language, and for a strong sex scene
UK Certificate: 15 contains infrequent strong language and sex
USA Release Date: 10 August 2001 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 14 December 2001
Lake Tahoe, California. A mother wakes early one morning to find the body of her closeted seventeen-year-old son's lover impaled on an anchor on the beach of their lake-front home. With her husband away and nowhere to turn, she makes a reckless decision to move the body and hide it in the lake, only to find herself and her family in even greater danger when the body is found, and impossibly, she is confronted by blackmailers.
THE DEEP END, based loosely on Elizabeth Sanxay Holding's 1947 LADIES HOME JOURNAL serialized novel THE BLANK WALL, is a story of a mother's relationship with her son as she struggles desperately to cope with a crisis that threatens to envelop her entire world. In the classical tradition of the American film melodrama, THE DEEP END explores the depths of familial love, the boundaries of communication, and the quiet lonely beauty of self-sacrifice.
Lake Tahoe is both the setting and the controlling metaphor of the film - its purity and clarity, its steadfastness, its unfathomable depth and mystery, its moods. Surface tension - the fragile membrane-like collection of molecules pulling in on a liquid's boundary, containing it, keeping it in its smallest possible space, defining it's volume - mirrors the dramatic tensions of the story and it's main character Margaret Hall.
THE DEEP END is the second feature of David Siegel and Scott McGehee (SUTURE). It stars Tilda Swinton (ORLANDO, EDWARD II, THE BEACH) as Margaret Hall, Goran Visnjic (WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, E.R.) as Alek Spera and Jonathan Tucker (SLEEPERS, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES) as Beau Hall.The movie was shot in May and June 2000 on location in Lake Tahoe and Reno (California and Nevada).
Subtitles:Hard of Hearing English
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1 (16x9)