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The Weight of Water (2000) Poster

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Continuity 

When Adeline dives into the water, she is diving away from Jean and towards the sun. Yet when the shot is on Jean, watching Adeline, the sun is behind Jean. In the next shot, the sun is clearly on Jeans left shoulder and as Thomas wakes and comes on deck and speaks to her, the sun is now on Jeans right shoulder.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (2) | Character error (1) | Continuity (3) | Errors in geography (1) | Factual errors (1)

Anachronisms 

The oil lamps in the courtroom had incandescent mantles. In fact, the mantle was not invented and patented until 1885.
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When John Doofus, the Norwegian husband, turns the tea mug over at the site of the murders, there is a modern factory silkscreen stamp on the bottom of the mug.
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Character error 

The state known as Germany was unified as a modern nation-state in 1871, when the German Empire was forged from 39 sovereign states, Prussia being the largest. While the exact date that Louis Wagner arrives on the Island is unclear, it's unlikely that a Norwegian immigrant such as Maren would have assumed that Louis was "from Germany", when he could have been from any of the 39.
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Continuity 

When the documents are blown over the ship, they are blown to one side, but in the next shot you can see a flag blowing to the opposite side.
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When Josh Lucas dives into the water of the cove, it is almost perfectly still and glass-like. As they show Jean photographing him (in black and white) at the exact same time, the water is very choppy indicating there is a stiff wind blowing.
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During the conversation about how Jean and Thomas met, Jean is alternately holding a glass and lighting a cigarette.
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Errors in geography 

Smuttynose Island is in the state of Maine but the trial in the film took place in New Hampshire. The state line divides the Isles of Shoals.
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Factual errors 

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.
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