Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday Movie You Aught to See: The Deep End

Regardless of whether the decade ended already ended in 2009 or will end at the close of the current year, the 2000s were a wonderful period of cinema with many treasures that deserve to be remembered. Check in at Movies with Abe on Mondays for Movies You Aught to See, a look back at memorable movies from the aughts. They are posted in no particular order, and if you have a great film from the 2000s that you think merits consideration, leave a note in the comments!

The Deep End
Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel
Released August 8, 2001

Before Tilda Swinton delivered her film-making lead performance in "Julia," and before she won an Oscar for her so-so turn in "Michael Clayton," she starred in "The Deep End," an overlooked thriller which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. In a year of noir films, Entertainment Weekly dubbed it "soccer mom noir." It's the tale of a mother being blackmailed while her husband is overseas, trying desperately to protect the innocence and reputation of her son. It's a tour de force performance from Swinton, and a wonderfully impressive film that doesn't pull any cheap stunts or seem far-fetched at any point. A stunning musical score from Peter Nashel is haunting and memorable, and writer-director team Scott McGehee and David Siegel (who collaborated on last year's "Uncertainty") do a magnificent job of crafting a film about an ordinary woman in the most extraordinary of circumstances. This is a must-see movie that is absolutely one of the best of the decade.

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