Deep End (1970) Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski

Illustration Juulia Niiniranta

In their latest review, Nick Triani and Astrid Swan both enjoy Jerzy Skolimowski’s stunning and rediscovered film Deep End, whilst struggling with the dark sexual themes on show.

Nick: Deep End is actually preoccupied with sex and sexual roles. And although lurking somewhere there could be a typical idealized romance, most of the sex depicted, realized or commented on is seedy, dirty, unwanted and sinister.

Astrid: I can be happy that the film shows women as desiring and sexual beings, but I’m not too eager about the way it represents a woman’s sexuality as troubling and ultimately death producing.


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