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The Weight of Water (2000)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Wagner (as Ciaran Hinds)
Mr. Plaisted
John Hontvedt
Anders W. Berthelsen ...
Evan Christenson
Murdoch MacDonald ...
Bailiff (as Murdock McDonald)
Joseph Rutten ...
John Walf ...
Defense Attorney
Karen Christenson
Adam Curry ...
Emil Ingerbretson


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 July 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El peso del agua  »


Box Office


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


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Jean Janes: When a women kills, it's usually her spouse.
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Excellent Cast and Budget Wasted by a Confused Screenplay and a Terrible and Pretentious Direction
1 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie could be an excellent film, having a great cast and budget, photography and soundtrack, but it does not work well. Why? Because of the confused screenplay and a terrible and even pretentious direction. There are two stories, one of them excellent. In 1873, two women are ax murdered in an isolated island in New Hampshire. A man is accused of the crime by the survival, Maren Hontvedt (Sarah Polley), and condemned to be hanged. This story, presented through flashbacks, is wonderful, with an outstanding performance of Sarah Polley. In the present days, the newspaper photographer Jean Janes (Catherine McCormack) is researching this murder. She is married with the famous writer Thomas Janes (Sean Penn), and she convinces her brother-in-law Rich Janes (Josh Lucas) to sail to the island in his yacht. Rich brings his girlfriend Adaline Gunne (the delicious Elizabeth Hurley), who is a fan of Thomas and tries to seduce him, playing erotic games. This story is totally confused, spinning and never reaching a point. The intention of the director was to have a parallel narrative, linked by common points. But in practice, it becomes a mess, with unresolved situations and characters not well developed. In the end, I felt sorrow for such a waste of a talented cast. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): `O Peso da Água' (`The Weight of the Water')

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