The Deep End

2001, Lgbtq+/Drama, 1h 39m

119 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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A well-acted film noir with arresting visuals. Read critic reviews

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When a woman's (Tilda Swinton) eldest son's lover washes up on the beachfront in front of their house, she does the only thing an unflinchingly devoted mother could: she hides the body to protect her son. Now unexpectedly, in the aftermath of this desperate act, emerges Alek Spera (Goran Visnjic), who knows about the death and the secret life of her son. But what begins as a riveting cat-and-mouse game soon turns into a haunting love story with self-sacrifice at its center.

Cast & Crew

Tilda Swinton
Margaret Hall
Josh Lucas
Darby Reese
Tamara Hope
Paige Hall
Holmes Osborne
Loan Officer
Richard Gross
Deputy Sheriff
Michael Pizzuto
Heavy-Set Officer
Tim Halpin
Placer County Detective
Robert H. Nathan
Executive Producer
Giles Nuttgens
Cinematographer
Kelly McGehee
Production Designer
Christopher Tandon
Production Designer
Peter Nashel
Original Music
David N. Schrager
First Assistant Director
Nancy Wenz
Set Decoration
Terry Wyner
Location Manager
Rebecca Fulton
Script Supervisor
Beth DePatie
Production Manager
Raqueli Dahan
Key Makeup Artist
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  • Jan 22, 2016
    Despite the riveting plot summary, the only things that rescue "The Deep End" from being bland are Tilda Swinton's strong performance as a terrified, desperate mother and a somewhat interesting music score. Otherwise, it's dime-a-dozen weekend afternoon TV fare.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2013
    The Deep End is a well-executed all around noir, one that features yet another powerhouse performance from Tilda Swinton. The story, revolving around a housewife caught in the midst of a blackmail scheme involving her son, is told in way that creates constant tension, being truly suspenseful. The end result is a film that is smart, engaging, well acted, and often compelling. What catapults Deep End over typical noir films is, without question, Tilda Swinton. Swinton's acting range has long been lauded, and here she completely inhibits her character, conveying a powerful sense of desperation, while also employing a smart cunning. She is surrounded by other strong performances, the most impressive of which being Goran Visnijic, with whom she held a great deal of chemistry. The script for Deep End is also smart. It gives us scenarios that are grounded in reality, characters with motivations and actions that we can identify with. We understand why they act the way they act, and are therefore invested in both the decisions they make, and the situations they find themselves in. This smart script is complemented by tight direction, which creates a magnificent atmospheric yet intense tone, in the vein of other great noir films, such as In the Bedroom. While offering us the intrigue of a good noir film, Deep End never forgets to keep the emphasis on the characters and their plights. This emphasis on character dynamics serves the film well, and makes it an overall strong noir piece. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2011
    A pleasant surprise. A thriller with more than one twists. Tilda Swinton is a delight to watch.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2011
    Maybe when someone has watched over 500 thrillers in his life, he just doesn't appreciate them anymore. I really think it's happening with me, because I know this is a fine flick, but I just couldn't appreciate it enough. It's perfect, it has no flows, and Tilda Swinton is just fantastic in surely one of her best performances ever (omitting Michael Clayton). Like most thrillers, the deep end is highly predictable and plain, and lacks the extra adrenaline dose to have you thrilled, something that should be essential to this genre.
    Raja N Super Reviewer

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