The Deep End

Fox Searchlight Released 2001


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Scott McGehee , David Siegel (II)
The Deep End is a 2001 film written and directed by David Siegel and Scott McGehee loosely adapted from the novel The Blank Wall by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding. Margaret Hall (Tilda Swinton) is a typical suburban housewife living in Tahoe city, California who discovers that her son Beau (Jonathan Tucker) has been sleeping with a 30-year-old nightclub owner named Darby Reese (Josh Lucas). Margaret discovers the affair after Beau drunkenly wrecks his car one night after visiting Darby in Reno. Margaret then drives to Reno and threatens Darby not to see her son again. When she attempts to talk to Beau about his sexuality, he avoids the topic. When Darby visits Beau in the night, he makes a fatal mistake and is discovered by Margaret in the morning. Margaret gets rid of the body, but is implicated in his murder. The drama grows as Margaret is then blackmailed for a video of Darby and Beau having sex. Also starring Goran Visnjic, Raymond Barry, Tamara Hope, and Jordon Dorrance, The Deep End earned cinematographer Giles Nuttgens an award at the Sundance Film Festival.moreless


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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Exquisitely made with a mesmerizing sense of style, it shows the wonderful things that can happen when traditional material is both handled with care and adroitly updated.

  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Fastidious and smart, and Ms. Swinton's fixated intensity isn't ever remote; we're always aware of how deeply she's feeling. Her work is magnificent.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Taking film noir material and turning it inside out visually and morally, The Deep End is an absorbing, beautifully made melodrama that succeeds on formal levels more than it does ...

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