Hall (Swinton) is a mother who's left to fend for herself, her three
children, and father-in-law Jack (Donat) by a ssiy husband who spends
most of his time away at sea.
(Tucker) is the eldest. A fey, trumpet-playing teen, his burgeoning
- and so far secret - homosexual relationship with local sleazeball
Darby Reese (Lucas) ends in tragedy, when Reese accidentally drowns
while visiting the Hall's home.
to ensure her son is not suspected, Margaret gets rid of the body.
She then finds herself targeted in a blackmail plot by a swarthy
stranger (Visnjic), who has raunchy footage of her son and his lover
on the festival circuit, "The Deep End" is actually a
rather dull movie, weighed down by its pretensions. Despite some
sizzle between ER hunk Visnjic and an American-accented Swinton,
it fails to go anywhere, and is far too predictable, detracting
from the bizarre, slightly Twin Peaksy world that the writer/directors
create for themselves.
see themselves as film makers in the black-and-white tradition,
but the best of those thrillers had a sense of urgency, of impending
doom. This, unfortunately, does not, making ultimately for an unsatisfying
lack of drama.
Deep End" opens in UK cinemas on Friday 14th December 2001.
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Reviewed by Ben
Falk, BBC Films.