Part of the movie takes place in the present where we're supposed to sympathize with a sullen teenage brat (Julia Brendler); part of my brain was whispering "Jump!!" after she climbed in despair to the top of a lighthouse. She meets a crusty old unpublished author (Lynn Redgrave) who recounts her latest work, and that's the story that sluggishly plays out during most of the film. Writer/director Sheri Elwood touches upon a curse that plagues this fishing community every 50 years and hints at a dark secret to lift the curse, but nothing ever comes of the foreshadowing. Much of the rest of the script is similarly underwritten with only a couple characters gaining any foothold, but at least the vital ingredient of the budding romance between Dunst and naval captain's son Trent Ford works.
A young teenager and her mother take a vacation on a small (really, really small) island so that the daughter can recover from a tragedy that took the life of her love. While on "The Island" the daughter meets a grumpy old woman who agrees to tell her the story she's writing. The story is a tragedy in the '40s on a similar island that involved a young woman and a curse she is destined to bare. Kirsten Dunst plays the girl in the old woman's story. The woman's story is the intriguing and entertaining part of the movie. The events of the teen and her coping with her tragedy, not so much. That part of the movie is extremely melodramatic, but is interesting because it somewhat parallels the life of the girl in the story. This story about fate and loss may be slow, but the mystery of the story keeps you interested.
Written and directed by Sheri Elwood, the writing is average, and so is the directing. The shooting location utterly beautiful and it's hard to shoot a shot that doesn't look wonderful with that kind of background. But in reality, with all the outdoor shots it has going for it, it's a pretty basic looking movie. Not too stylized. Simple, like the town on the island is. But I must say, this movie does keep an incredibly intriguing plot interesting with some good, smooth pacing, and a soothing music score. There's some interesting shots of the ocean that are mysterious and keeps with the theme of the movie: quiet, romantic, but with a sence of upcoming danger.
It's not unique filmmaking and the dialogue isn't all that creative, but the plot of the story is something different and intriguing, and the performances by Kirsten Dunst and the rest of the cast isn't as annoying as it could have been. Deeply is a soft and romantic drama, and pretty funny at times too, that is pretty good, not as bad as I heard it was, and worth a watch.