The Weight of Water (2001)
Journalist Jean Janes begins researching the 1873 axe-murder of two sisters and discovers new information in the case. Meanwhile, her marriage to writer Thomas begins to fall apart.
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Critic Reviews for The Weight of Water
The boating scenes have a languid yet charged sexuality, and the performances remain vibrant and rock-solid to the end.
Artistically speaking, Bigelow's drama may be her most ambitous and personal film to date, a multi-layered (period and contemporary) psychological thriller that borrows from Bergman's masterpiece Persona; commercially, however, it's problematic.
The jarring jumps between disconnected stories and watered-down sensationalism make for a soggy experience.
The Weight of Water uses water as a metaphor for subconscious desire, but this leaky script barely stays afloat.
There are a few wrong notes, and the ending is too enigmatic for its own good, but for a studio production the film is uncommonly intelligent and uncompromising.
Shreve's graceful dual narrative gets clunky on the screen, and we keep getting torn away from the compelling historical tale to a less-compelling soap opera.
Nem as ótimas performances de Sarah Polley e Sean Penn conseguem conferir energia a este filme, cujas histórias desenvolvidas paralelamente se anulam de forma implacável.
The film might appeal to those who've already read the book, but it's unlikely those who haven't will find much of anything to enjoy here.
It doesn't surprise me that this film sat for two years in storage before released, as the final version appeared clunky.
Bigelow offers some flashy twists and turns that occasionally fortify this turgid fable. But for the most part, The Weight of Water comes off as a two-way time-switching myopic mystery that stalls in its lackluster gear of emotional blandness.
Despite an impressive roster of stars and direction from Kathryn Bigelow, The Weight of Water is oppressively heavy.
The superior plotline isn't quite enough to drag along the dead (water) weight of the other.
Elegantly crafted but emotionally cold, a puzzle whose intricate construction one can admire but is difficult to connect with on any deeper level.
[Two] fairly dull -- contrasting and interlocking stories about miserable Scandinavian settlers in 18th-century Canada, and yuppie sailboaters in the here and now.
Sarah Polley deserves some kind of recognition for her role in this film.
None of the characters or plot-lines are fleshed-out enough to build any interest.
It's a 100-year old mystery that is constantly being interrupted by Elizabeth Hurley in a bathing suit.
Audience Reviews for The Weight of Water
Very strange intriguing premise - solving a 100-year-old double murder - promises much but ultimately sinks under the weight of its own complexity. Even Sean penn and Elizabeth Hurley's flirtations fail to liven things up.More
You would have expected more from Bigelow's directorial debut particularly when she had Sean Penn and Sarah Polley to use but this is a boat that seems to drift endlessly with the unlikely revelation of a centuries old murder. A head scratcher by the time the credits roll.More
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