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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Louis Wagner (as Ciaran Hinds)
... Mr. Plaisted
... Maren Hontvedt
... John Hontvedt
Anders W. Berthelsen ... Evan Christenson
Murdoch MacDonald ... Bailiff (as Murdock McDonald)
Joseph Rutten ... Judge
John Walf ... Defense Attorney
... Karen Christenson
... Anethe Christenson
Adam Curry ... Emil Ingerbretson
... Jean Janes
... Thomas Janes
... Rich Janes
... Adaline Gunne
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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 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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Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, and brief language | See all certifications »

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31 July 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El peso del agua  »

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

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

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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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References Knife in the Water (1962) See more »

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Sulli lulli lite ban
Written by Inge Krokann
Performed by Traditional
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Underrated film by an underrated director.
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"The Weight of Water" (interestingly obscure title, isn't it?) is not a masterpiece, and sometimes seems to be striving for a "greater meaning" that simply isn't there. However, that's no excuse for its excessively poor critical reception. Yes, the "seduction" part of the present story is a bit cliched, and the story of the past goes pretty much where you expect it (after a point) to go. In spite of all that, the film is able to get by on the strength of Kathryn Bigelow's direction, which is, in a word, impeccable. Every single shot is meticulously planned and - when it has to be - visually beautiful. Bigelow has already proved that she is a master of her craft when it comes to directing high-energy action sequences; here she proves that she is equally adept at subtlety. There are facial expressions, small gestures and glances that speak volumes in this movie. Of course part of the credit for that has to go to the cast, which is mostly superb (with the notable exception of Elizabeth Harley); Catherine McCormack and Sarah Polley are the best, each one holds her own story together perfectly. The film also has stunning photography and a beautiful music score. (**1/2)


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