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The Deep End
With her husband Jack perpetually away at work, Margaret Hall raises her children virtually alone. Her teenage son is testing the waters of the adult world, and early one morning she wakes to find the dead body of his gay lover on the beach of their rural lakeside home. What would you do? What is rational and what do you do to protect your child? How far do you go and when do you stop?
Tilda Swinton is amazing. Her husband is overseas, she's got to look after the family and protect her eldest son from vices and such. Suddenly there's appears to be a crime and mobsters are coming after her - oh no! What great potential for a movie!!
Too bad it took too many easy way outs of situations - and took twists that could've added to the tension of the film but didn't... Something wasn't adding up for me. Once Swinton's character called the mobster's out on the flaw in their logic - I realized I really didn't have any suspension of disbelief for the plot. I think it was the lack of any real motivation from the mobsters... Something just rang false... Or maybe the direction failed the story... Either way - farts... farts farts farts...
I was in the mood to watch a Tilda Swinton film after seeing her new music video for "Lazarus" today
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Are you pulling my leg? Metascore, you must be kidding, right? 78, for ... this?
I had never heard of this, until I stumbled upon it by browsing Swinton's back catalogue. She plays a caring mother of 3, with her husband being at the deep end of the ocean, trying to protect her oldest, gay son from getting involved in a murder crime.
You see, this breathes 90's atmosphere, although it's from the early new millennium: white gympies, too short pants, lake houses,... with an aptly slow-paced, old-school, "I need the money by tomorrow" storyline, full of contrivances. I mean, the bad guy arriving just at the time the father in law is having a heart attack, coming to the…
Another lost gem of the noughties. While it's not a groundbreaking genre piece, this intriguing and taut little thriller slowly grips you all the way to it's emotionally charged climax.
The Deep End mainly earns your attention due to an early, fantastic performance by Tilda Swinton. It was actually this film that kicked her career off in the big leagues. Here, Swinton is astonishing: fragile, headstrong and determined to protect what she holds dear - her family. She's the beating heart of the film while other characters are either under-appreciating her or intimidating her. The supporting cast is also stand-out: Josh Lucas delicatably balances charm and creepiness in equal measure while Goran Visnjic adds gravitas as the morally conflicted crook.…
tilda swinton is truly and honestly God
replacing THE RECKLESS MOMENT's daughter with a gay son certainly recodes this, but maybe not productively in that Swinton's character only ever responds to the idea of her child's desires with fear, or at least dread. her shock at a video of him fucking the man she thinks he murdered dredges up something oedipal, not to mention the mutual attraction between her and the blackmailer who shows her the tape, and i wonder if she subconsciously means to guard her son, perhaps jealously, from his homosexuality (which she seems to acknowledge but is unable to accept).
I didn't feel like there was anything special about it. A pretty standard low-budget noir flick. Competent, not in any way exceptional.
Small-scale thriller from Siegel & McGehee, in which Tilda Swinton disposes of a body and thereafter gets dragged into a lightly tangled web of blackmail and violence. The whole thing is mightily improbable from a narrative standpoint, from the initial rather baffling decision her character makes right through most of what follows, but the directors manage to inject the film with sufficient qualities to more or less redeem it, and it actually comes out as one of their stronger pieces of work. Level of probability aside, it is solidly structured and pretty tense. It fairs better psychologically than it does plot-wise, circling the Mother/Son relationship in a way than looks like it's going nowhere but ends up pulling out an interesting…
Suitably tense noir-plotting well-executed and acted by Swinton; she's the center of the story, and thankfully the relationship between her Margaret and Goran Visnjic's Alek is restrained but teased out realistically. This allows The Deep End to wisely side-step moments of disbelief that could have potentially rang false.
Proof that Tilda Swinton can lift any screenplay into upper-echelon territory. Strangely moving and layered.
I forgot how beautiful the final 10min of this film was
Margaret Hall's (Tilda Swinton) teenage daughter fixes up cars real good. So good in fact that when the town sheriff comes calling about a murder, he smirks: "She'd make a perfect husband for someone". Which is Swinton's character—dutiful mom to a household of children and a grandpa, with no husband in sight. This is the heart of THE DEEP END, an underrated melodrama about Mrs. Hall mixed up in some nasty business.
Way too overstuffed. There is enough material for three movies here, and as a result none of it lands very effectively.
SAW: at the SGT Concierge desk
Tilda Swinton is always amazing and, while this movie did not entirely capture me, there were a few moments of genuine kindness and clarity that really surprised me and had me in tears. I did particularly like the way Swinton played her role, as a mother who was calm and quiet and on top of things, even when dealing with an unimaginably horrible situation. Her cracks only show in small places. There is a way the movie goes that I wish it hadn't but overall, it was more interesting than the material seems like it should have been.
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