The Weight of Water (2001)
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as Thomas Janes
as Jean Janes
as Maren Hontvedt
as Adaline Gunne
as Rich Janes
as Louis Wagner
as John Hontvedt
as Evan Christenson
as Karen Christenson
as Young Maren
as Anethe Christenson
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.
Audience Reviews for The Weight of Water
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.
I enjoyed the plots. It took a while to become comfortable with the dual stories.
Sarah Polley saves a predictable fable from drowning in Sean Penn's ham.
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