Deep End
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Set at the fag-end of the '60s in a decidedly unglamorous and unswinging London (though actually filmed, very persuasively, in Hamburg), Skolimowski's pleasingly skewed variation on the coming-of-age sex comedy posits a bizarre, totally unsentimental education for its adolescent protagonist (Moulder-Brown), a somewhat na´ve school-leaver newly employed at a run-down swimming baths and obsessively pining for a colleague (Asher). Often very funny, and blessed with pounding Can numbers on the soundtrack, it's an original and offbeat delight whose mix of eccentricity and gentle social… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Skolimowski's Eastern Bloc-existentialist chops finally emerge in the last act, as the futility of looking for a diamond in the snow evolves into a sex-death underwater ballet."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"In all of the best work of the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, there is a barely-there surrealism in play that keeps his films excitingly unsteady."
‑ Dan Callahan, House Next Door
"Everything about this singular film - the camerawork, the imagery, the soundtrack - feels vibrant and surprising in a way that makes most modern coming-of-age movies look formulaic and, well, shallow."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"Flame-haired Jane Asher is enchanting as object of the hero's erotic obsession, and there's a bawdy cameo from a blowsy Diana Dors."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Laden with subtext, Deep End never really gets to the text."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"Along with music from Can and Cat Stevens, a bizarre, beautiful ending is the high point of this wonderfully mysterious film."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Made in Munich but set entirely in London, it's a bizarre tail end to the swinging London cycle of the 1960s, centring on a rundown suburban public swimming pool and its adjoining private bathrooms and showers."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"The viewer is left stranded in a quite nightmarish miasma of frustrated wants and needs, and can only dread the outcome."
‑ Frances Morgan, Electric Sheep
"Brilliantly unsentimental dark comedy"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Jerzy Skolimowski's darkly satirical psychological drama of young lust, sexual callousness, obsession, and fantasy is a different kind of coming of age film."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Deep End is as soaked in pheromones and nervous electricity as its main character."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
"A highly original slice of London life, beautifully made."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A romantic, comic and disturbing work that's unlike anything else made in Britain, except perhaps the work of Roman Polanski."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"A powerful and uniquely slanted coming-of-age film about the troubling sexual awakening of a young boy in a sleazy setting."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A coming-of-age drama with dark, disturbing undertones. Very different and worth seeking out."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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