Deep End

Deepend posterSaw this at the BFI. Jerzy Skolimowski’s. funny, surreal and sexy coming of age story from 1970.

Mike ( John Moulder Brown) has just left school at fifteen. he gets a job in a suburban swimming baths. He is shown the ropes by Sue (Jane Asher) who he is immediately smitten with. Mike, is awkward and puppyish, as Sue flirts with him at work. Sue fixes Mike up with various scary older women who come into the baths – mainly for her own amusement.

Mike follows Sue on a night off round the sex clubs of Soho with her fiance and spies on her having sex with his school master (who comes in to teach swimming). Mike does lots of crazy childish things to win Sue over and the film ends with a surreal scene in the empty swimming baths, where he tries to seduce her as they boil snow in a kettle and sieve it through her tights (in the context of the story it sort of makes sense!)

I thought it was a brilliant film, really well made and shot through with surreal flourishes, humour and seventies atmosphere.

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