The Weight of Water


Time Out says

A curious movie from Bigelow, this marks a departure from 'male' genre pics in favour of a double helping of melodrama, based on Anita Shreve's novel. In the present tense, McCormack, poet husband Penn, brother Lucas and sexpot Hurley go sailing off Smuttynose Island. A century earlier, Polley had been found there, the sole survivor of a senseless axe murderer who had slaughtered her sisters. It's often quite brilliantly directed - Bigelow even gets a performance out of Hurley - and the sexual politics are intriguing, but you can't get away from the problem that the plot is all in the past.

By: TCh


Release details

119 mins

Cast and crew

Kathryn Bigelow
Alice Alen, Christopher Kyle
Catherine McCormack
Ulrich Thomsen
Anders Berthelsen
Sarah Polley
Sean Penn
Vinessa Shaw
Elizabeth Hurley
Ciaran Hands
Katrin Cartlidge
Josh Lucas
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