The Drowning (2017)


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The fourth film from Bette Gordon (VARIETY, LUMINOUS MOTION), and based on the acclaimed book by Pat Barker, THE DROWNING tells the story of a forensic psychologist haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy later reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case.

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Julia Stiles
as Lauren Seymour
Josh Charles
as Tom Seymour
Avan Jogia
as Danny Miller
Leo Fitzpatrick
as Angus MacDonald
Robert Clohessy
as Captain Miller
Jasper Newell
as Young Danny
Nancy Ellen Shore
as College Professor
Andrea Barnes
as Head ER Nurse
Kim Ramirez
as Stacey Jones
Holly Glasser
as Girlfriend at Bar (Day Player)
Kim Brockington
as Judge Evelyn Rene
Sam Lilja
as Jeremy
Ellen Tamaki
as Barista
Raquel Toro
as Maria Demers
Lindsey Vinson
as Bartender
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

The movie is a prime specimen of "the paranoid style."

May 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite the wildly uneven plotting, Gordon's atmospheric direction in coastal New London propels the drama, as does her sensitivity to what remains unspoken between people.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The deeper Tom wades into this psychological morass, the more Danny's volatile behavior seems dictated by the screenwriters' convenience rather than by any plausible depiction of a tortured mind.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

An obnoxious story about revenge and self-destruction that throws together a bunch of hackneyed observations about humanity.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The film's biggest surprise may come when the credits roll to reveal that this almost perfectly bland, low-intensity mystery is directed by New York indie scene veteran Bette Gordon.

May 10, 2017 | Full Review…
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Distinguishes itself by applying a depth of psychological observation that yields a genuinely unsettling vision.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

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