The Deep End (2001)
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The Deep End is a 2001 drama film starring Tilda Swinton as Margaret Hall. Margaret disapproves of her teenage son Beau (Jonathan Tucker) sneaking off to meet his lover Darby Reese (Josh Lucas). When an argument between Beau and Darby ends in death, Margaret finds she's in over her head.

Goran Višnjić and Raymond J. Barry round out the cast of The Deep End. The film premiered at Sundance and won Best Cinematography. While the noir storyline received mixed reviews, the performances (particularly Tilda Swinton's) were praised.

David Siegel and Scott McGehee adapted the 1947 noir novel The Blank Wall to make The Deep End. The Blank Wall was first serialized in Ladies Home Journal by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding—a respected yet obscure author. She began her career writing romances but switched to hardboiled fiction in the 1930s. Nevertheless, her crime fiction retained the believably complex relationships that powered her earlier stories. It was this quality that garnered praise from The New York Times and from Raymond Chandler (who personally recommended her novel The Blank Wall).
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