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Plot: London, England. Mike, a fifteen-year-old boy, gets a job in a bathhouse, where he meets Susan, an attractive young woman who works there as an attendant.
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Deep End is a practically unheard of film these days – but it’s a surprisingly good one that urgently needs a bigger audience. The film is basically a coming of age story involving young love and teenage angst. Despite the fact that everything in this film has been seen before in other films, it all comes together well and doesn’t feel like it’s just rethreading old ground, which is very much to it’s credit. Writer-director Jerzy Skolimowski does a really good job of telling his story too, which means that deep End is an easy film to get along with. The title refers to the film’s central location – a swimming pool. We focus on Mike, a young lad fresh out of school who has just got his first job as a pool attendant at the local bath house. On his first day, he meets the beautiful Susan and falls head over heels in love with her. Trouble is, Susan already has a fiancé and while she kind of likes Mike, she doesn’t take him seriously…leading Mike to become frustrated and willing to do anything in order to have Susan all for himself.
The two central performers are really good and responsible for a lot of the film’s success. Jane Asher is absolutely beautiful and it’s easy to see why she’d have a young lad lusting after her. Horror fans will likely recognise John Moulder-Brown from classic horror The House That Screamed, as well as Hammer Horror Vampire Circus. He’s good here too, and expertly captures the immaturely and lust of youth. The film itself is always interesting and the director keeps the central relationship at the forefront of the film, which helps to keep things interesting. The film is set in 1970’s London, and the director does a good job of capturing the gritty feel of the city. A lot of the film takes place inside a swimming baths, but sequences that take place in sleazy corners of the city are among the best of the film. The director does have an eye for sleaze too – some of the bath house punters are rather shady characters, and we’ve also got scenes set inside a prostitute’s room and an adult movie theatre. The ending is iconic and memorable, and manages to tie up all the film’s central themes. Overall, this really is a very good film that more people need to see!
Jerzy Skolimowski’s masterful 1970 film Deep End went under the radar for half a century until a recent DVD release revealed its treasures. Deep End looks like but is not a coming-of-age film. The two main protagonists, 15-year-old Mike (John Moulder Brown) and 24-year-old Susan (Jane Asher), unfortunately never come of age. Neither is it a so-called black comedy, a horror film, or a surreal, dreamlike exercise in teenage angst, though it has elements of all of them. It is basically unclassifiable but is definitely closer in tone to Clockwork Orange than to The Graduate.
Darkly erotic and sexually ambiguous, the film opens with a vision of dripping red paint backed by the music of Cat Stevens singing “But I Might Die Tonight.” Mike, a high-school dropout, has gone to work as a pool attendant at Newford Baths, a sleazy and deteriorating public pool that is filled with middle aged patrons looking for something other than a swim. Having been accosted by a bosomy, obese middle-aged woman (Diana Dors) for her own pleasure, Mike realizes that his first job experience may not look good on his resume. The boy’s interest is channeled to his co-worker Susan who reassures him that harassment by patrons is just part of the job, one that could lead to some liberal tips.
A part of the job he had not bargained for, however, is his growing infatuation and obsession with the 24-year-old Susan, who has a fiancé (Christopher Sandford) and boyfriend, a married former high school teacher (Karl Michael Vogler), and also may just be an expensive call girl. Their relationship starts out full of fun and brotherly concern but it starts to turn creepy when he follows his mentor and her date to a porno movie and starts annoying her by touching her breasts. When her boyfriend alerts the manager, she thrills him when with a kiss on the lips just before he is ushered out of the theater.
When Mike steals her poster found at a Soho strip club and attempts to compete in a footrace against runners at his old school, where he was himself a celebrated athlete, we know that the deep end is not far away. Mike’s lust for Susan begins to include stalking and threatening and we begin to realize that his out-of-control emotional immaturity is the stuff of impending tragedy. Beginning and ending with the silence and comfort of water, the powerful and unsentimental Deep End may make you think twice before going for a swim.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min), 1 hr 30 min (90 min) (Poland), 1 hr 28 min (88 min) (Spain), 1 hr 28 min (88 min) (USA), 1 hr 32 min (92 min) (original) (UK)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Jerzy Skolimowski
Writer Jerzy Skolimowski, Jerzy Gruza, Boleslaw Sulik
Actors Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown, Karl Michael Vogler
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 IIC, Mitchell BNCR
Laboratory Denham Laboratories, London, UK
Film Length 2,492 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm