Deep End

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Deep End

Jerzy Skolimowski (1970)

91min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is one of the strangest movies to come out of the Swinging Sixties. Directed by Polish émigré Jerzy Skolimowski, it's set in the grottily dank Chelsea public baths. John Moulder-Brown - a callow, haunted-looking 15-year-old - and Jane Asher are the employees, who swap changing rooms so he can please the ladies (including bosomy football fanatic Diana Dors) and she can pleasure the gents. The pool provides the film's central metaphor and some bizarre, shocking things happen in it - such as the search for Asher's engagement ring diamond in bagfuls of snow, melting in the empty pool. In a poetic, surreal world of its own, this is a romantic, comic and disturbing work that's unlike anything else made in Britain, except perhaps the work of Roman Polanski.

Summary

A 15-year-old boy gets a job working at a swimming pool, and discovers his work includes providing sexual services to the patrons in exchange for tips. He lusts obsessively after a woman who works alongside him, and begins plotting to break up her engagement. Comedy drama, starring John Moulder-Brown and Jane Asher.

Cast & Crew

Susan Jane Asher
Mike John Moulder-Brown
Swimming instructor Karl Michael Vogler
Fiancé Christopher Sandford
Lady client Diana Dors
Hot dog salesman Burt Kwouk
Director Jerzy Skolimowski
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: BFI Guidance: Nudity. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 6 May 2011

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