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The Weight of Water (2000)

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A newspaper photographer researches an 1873 double homicide and finds her own life paralleling that of a witness who survived the tragic ordeal.

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Kathryn Bigelow

Writers:

Anita Shreve (novel), Alice Arlen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ciarán Hinds ... Louis Wagner (as Ciaran Hinds)
Richard Donat ... Mr. Plaisted
Sarah Polley ... Maren Hontvedt
Ulrich Thomsen ... John Hontvedt
Anders W. Berthelsen Anders W. Berthelsen ... Evan Christenson
Murdoch MacDonald Murdoch MacDonald ... Bailiff (as Murdock McDonald)
Joseph Rutten Joseph Rutten ... Judge
John Walf John Walf ... Defense Attorney
Katrin Cartlidge ... Karen Christenson
Vinessa Shaw ... Anethe Christenson
Adam Curry Adam Curry ... Emil Ingerbretson
Catherine McCormack ... Jean Janes
Sean Penn ... Thomas Janes
Josh Lucas ... Rich Janes
Elizabeth Hurley ... Adaline Gunne
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Storyline

A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness. The plot weaves between the narrative of the eyewitness and Jean's private struggle with jealousies and suspicions as her marriage teeters. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El peso del agua See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,888, 3 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,622, 17 November 2002
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on an actual double-murder on the Isles of Shoals on 6 March 1873. See more »

Goofs

When the tea kettle reaches boiling, we see steam escaping not only from the lid but also from the completely uncapped spout. And yet there is a whistling noise. Steam doesn't just whistle. It has to travel through a pressure release valve to make a sound. This kettle clearly did not have one. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Janes: Though lovers shall be lost, love shall not.
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References Knife in the Water (1962) See more »

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Sulli lulli lite ban
Written by Inge Krokann
Performed by Traditional
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The world is full of talented assholes.
8 September 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Love, hate, jealousy, desire sometimes work together with disastrous consequences.

Kathryn Bigelow put together an interesting story based on a novel using these themes. Action bounced back and forth between the present with Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Elizabeth Hurley & Josh Lucas; and the past featuring Sarah Polley.

A murder took place in 1873 and there is no doubt watching the action that Polley committed it. Unfortunately, a man hangs for the crime instead of her.

The present day crew with McCormack doing a great job as a photographer investigating the murder seem to be having some of the same problems that beset Polley. Her husband (Peen) can't seem to take his eyes off Hurley (and who could blame him as she exposes ample skin to distract us should the story lag - which it doesn't), and there is some indication that more might have happened.

Just as things came to a head with Polley and a moment of madness overtook her, we can see the same things happening in the present.

The murdered are still be discussed 100 years later and only a couple of people know what really happened. We can also look at the present situation and discuss what went on in the minds of the characters in the storm. It leaves room for doubt, and that is what makes this an interesting story, besides, of course, McCormack's and Polley's performances.


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