The Weight Of Water (2000)

KATHRYN BIGELOW

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA/France, 2000.  StudioCanal, Manifest Film Company, Palomar Pictures, Miracle Pictures, Imagex, Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.

Engaging double story is heightened by an excellent cast in this film by Kathryn Bigelow, a change of pace from her usual action films. plays a researcher who is writing a piece on a murder that occurred in a New England seaport town over a hundred years earlier. She and her husband (Sean Penn) join his brother () and brother’s girlfriend () on a yachting trip as they go to all the key locations involved in the murder case. The film jumps back and forth between the modern setting and the period one, where a Norwegian immigrant () and husband () run a quiet home life before a lonely boarder () murders her sister () and sister-in-law (). Or does he? That’s for you to find out, and along the way you’ll enjoy the character interactions from both periods, plus great photography and a haunting musical score.

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