The Deep End

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Perhaps inevitably, this suffers in comparison both with McGehee and Siegel's extraordinary debut Suture and with Max Ophuls' The Reckless Moment, of which this is an intelligent, gay-inflected remake. Swinton gives one of her finest performances yet as the woman whose teenage son gets involved with a gay hustler; when she finds the man's corpse, she tries to hide it, but soon finds herself being blackmailed. Changing the gender of her offspring spices and thickens the brew, rather than creating a whole new flavour, but the film-makers have succeeded in translating the story for the present without the melodrama becoming merely hysterical or camp. Giles Nuttgens' cool, sumptuous shots of the Lake Tahoe settings fit the mood admirably.

By: GA

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Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Screenwriter: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Cast: Tilda Swinton
Goran Visnjic
Jonathan Tucker

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I saw this in the UK when it first opened.The cinema was almost empty which just added to the atmosphere(and no gay movement against the film over here,thankfully).A really good remake which got me into the original Max Ophuls film The Reckless Moment,a classic in my eyes but this is highly recommended.