The Deep End

The Deep End

Director: Scott McGehee, David Siegel Cast: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic


Scott McGehee and David Siegel's second feature is essentially a modern-day version of the domestic film noir dramas of the 1950s, a genre that includes such classics as Michael Curtiz's Mildred Pierce and Max Ophuls' The Reckless Moment (which shares The Deep End's source material). Co-directors McGehee and Siegel know their stuff. Rather than resorting to action to produce thrills, they build suspense through the inner tension of the film's heroine, Margaret Hall (Tilda Swinton), as she tries to hold her family life together while fending off the gangsters who threaten to destroy it. The filmmakers also alter their source material by changing the heroine's daughter to a gay son (Jonathan Tucker) involved with an older man (Josh Lucas, whose brief, brutally seductive performance is one of the film's treats). Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens uses Lake Tahoe's crisp, cool light to bolster the atmosphere of tension and dread that underpins every scene: the light itself seems to harbor a haunting chill. The film suffers, however, from a not entirely successful attempt to update Elizabeth Sanxay Holding's novel. Ophuls injected The Reckless Moment with a proto-feminist subtext: James Mason's suave blackmailer takes pity on Joan Bennett's timid housewife precisely because her sheltered life seems so miserable to him. Swinton's efficient, multi-tasking, and thoroughly modern Margaret Hall, on the other hand, seems more than capable of taking care of herself while her husband is away at sea. The Deep End's blackmailer, Alek (Goran Visnjic), just seems to crumble in the face of her assertiveness. Ironically, Swinton's justly praised performance actually works against the film's premise. Alek, and his even less menacing boss Carlie Nagle (Raymond Barry), are just no match for Margaret when it comes to getting the job done. --Tom Vick

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2002
UPC: 0024543031574
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: 20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tilda Swinton Margaret Hall
Goran Visnjic Alek Spera
Jonathan Tucker Beau Hall
Raymond J. Barry Carlie Nagle
Josh Lucas Darby Reese
Peter Donat Jack Hall

Technical Credits
Scott McGehee Director,Producer,Screenwriter
David Siegel Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Eber Sound/Sound Designer
Laura Greenlee Co-producer
Eileen Jones Associate Producer
Mindy Marin Associate Producer,Casting
Kelly McGhee Production Designer
Peter Nashel Score Composer
Robert H. Nathan Executive Producer
Giles Nuttgens Cinematographer
David Schrager Asst. Director
Christopher Tandon Production Designer
Lauren Zuckerman Editor

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The Deep End 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most amazing films of the year is ''The Deep End''. Its rich story and elegant camera shots collaborate with an original score to make a moving and suspenseful film. Tilda's performance as a Modern working mother strikes the right tone in every scene. She makes us beleive that she--a woman with three children--is thrown into the deepest secrets, one of her son Beau, the hidden body, the blackmailer, and the deepest secret lying in between the brink of betrayle....and hope. One of my own personal favorites,--Joe
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the title was well suited for the movie,it shows what true mother's love is like.I'm glad the directors decided to depict some of the issues that teenagers have to deal with on a daily basis(sexual identity conflicts).My only disappointment is that the directors should have allowed the character Beau to have seen the taped, should have shown the veiwers his reaction.More or less it was a great film. Can't wait to see what next these people have up their sleeves.