Deep End

  • 15
  • Jerzy Skolimowski (1970)
  • US / W Ger
  • 91 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Jane Asher and John Moulder-Brown. A teenage swimming pool attendant develops an increasingly obsessive crush on his flirtatious co-worker, a slightly older woman with a free-love philosophy and a secret life.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Jerzy Skolimowski

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
BFI
Guidance: 
Nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 6 May 2011
Certificate 15
Distributor:
BFI Films
Categories
Comedy
Drama