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July 27, 2002

Tilda Swinton. Goran Visnjic.

The Deep End. A good friend of mine saw this in the theater when it first came out and hated it. She thought that it was one implausibility after another. Because I had this impression before watching it, it turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. Plot-wise, there is a single mistake made early by Swinton's character and she spends the rest of the film trying to make up for it. This is the story of a mother who will do anything, regardless of how illogical or unneccesary, to protect her children. The photography is fantastic, not that Lake Tahoe needs any help in that department. The Deep End has many meanings in this film: a gay bar, the lake itself, the mother finding herself unable to get out of a problem she helped create. Swinton has proved herself to be a fantastic actress (ORLANDO, and the fantastic THE WAR ZONE) and she doesn't disappoint here either. Not the greatest, but not the train wreck I heard it was.

* Best Actress of 2001 for Tilda Swinton--Boston Film Critics Winner; Chicago Film Critics Nomination; Independent Spirit Awards Nomination; Online Film Critics Society Nomination
* Best Cinematography of 2001 for Giles Nuttgens--Independent Spirit Awards Nomination; Sundance Film Festival Winner
* Best Picture of 2001--Sundance Film Festival Nomination

8.3 Critical Consensus


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