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The Weight of Water (2000)

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A newspaper photographer researches an 1873 double homicide and finds her own life paralleling that of a witness who survived the tragic ordeal.

Director:

Kathryn Bigelow

Writers:

Anita Shreve (novel), Alice Arlen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ciarán Hinds ... Louis Wagner (as Ciaran Hinds)
Richard Donat ... Mr. Plaisted
Sarah Polley ... Maren Hontvedt
Ulrich Thomsen ... John Hontvedt
Anders W. Berthelsen Anders W. Berthelsen ... Evan Christenson
Murdoch MacDonald Murdoch MacDonald ... Bailiff (as Murdock McDonald)
Joseph Rutten Joseph Rutten ... Judge
John Walf John Walf ... Defense Attorney
Katrin Cartlidge ... Karen Christenson
Vinessa Shaw ... Anethe Christenson
Adam Curry Adam Curry ... Emil Ingerbretson
Catherine McCormack ... Jean Janes
Sean Penn ... Thomas Janes
Josh Lucas ... Rich Janes
Elizabeth Hurley ... Adaline Gunne
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Storyline

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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Hell hath no fury...


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

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USA | Canada | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El peso del agua See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Based on an actual double-murder on the Isles of Shoals on 6 March 1873. See more »

Goofs

The oil lamps in the courtroom had incandescent mantles. In fact, the mantle was not invented and patented until 1885. See more »

Quotes

Maren Hontvedt: I have discovered in my life that it is not always the nature of god nor why he may bring in one night pleasure & death & rage & tenderness all intermingled so that one can barely distinguish one from the other... and it is all that one can do to hang onto sanity.
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Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: Detroit (2017) See more »

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Sulli lulli lite ban
Written by Inge Krokann
Performed by Traditional
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Excellent Cast and Budget Wasted by a Confused Screenplay and a Terrible and Pretentious Direction
1 August 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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