Deep End

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Deep End is set at the end of the ’60s in a decidedly unglamorous and unswinging London (though actually filmed, very persuasively, in Hamburg), Skolimowski’s pleasingly skewed variation on the coming-of-age sex comedy posits a bizarre, totally unsentimental education for its adolescent protagonist.

The somewhat naïve school-leaver Mike takes a job at the local swimming baths, where he becomes obsessed with an attractive young woman, Susan, who works there as an attendant. Although Susan has a fiancé, Mike does his best to sabotage the relationship, to the extent of stalking both her and her fiancé. Mike becomes increasingly desperate to have Susan for himself, with tragic results.

Often very funny, and blessed with pounding Can numbers on the soundtrack, it’s an original and offbeat delight whose mix of eccentricity and gentle social satire have ensured its enduring status as a cult movie. It’s good to have it back in this new digital restoration.

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  1. Never heard about this obscure but apparently well rated British movie. Two years later, John Moulder-Brown was jumping on Gina Lollobrigida with his socks on:

    The directors of the time seem to have made the most use of his youth and cuteness. I remember him a bit (also super cute then) in Visconti’s Ludwig, he went mad before his brother Ludwig, but I don’t remember much about his acting skills, although the guy has been on screen since he was five!

    1. Thanks, I’ll be looking for “Herzbube” (why the German title); Moulder-Brown had that something desirable that is way beyond good looks for me.

  2. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s hard to believe that you have eve heard of this movie, let alone highlight it here. I watched this movie years ago!!!!! When it was STILL an obscure “Indie” movie. John Moulder-Brown was a then “Timothée Hal Chalamet” of his day — quiet, a bit clumsy, but a good actor. He did just a few films than went into obscurity too quickly. This movie was a little gem back then (and still is if you can find it).

    I’ve been trying to find this movie (downloadble) for a long time now.

    1. You can torrent it from if you can use the French registration form… ;)

      The first link you’ll see after searching for Deep End in the movie section is the 2011 restored version that was just broadcast on the cultural French-German channel Arte for the 100th anniversary of the Bavaria studio, where the movie was partly filmed. It was available on replay on the Arte web site until a couple of weeks ago. I saved it last month but didn’t get to watch it until today.

      Both links have hard-coded French subtitles though, and it does not say if the second 2017 link is the restored version, but I would assume so, since the movie resurfaced only after its 2011 restoration.

  3. Watched this film on TV now almost 50 years ago and I was in my mid-teens. Yikes !! One of a few experiences then that told me I was gay no matter how I wished to deny it.
    I was visiting my aunt at the time and both of us had no clue what the film was about when it came on. Total silence — LOL….

    I can’t remember the TV channel but even in the U.K. it certainly was very forward for those years to show a movie like this.

    Fingers crossed it will pop up on Netflix… :)

  4. While I saw this as a desperately lonely teen twenty one years ago, I just couldn’t get excited by the young actor as his character is such an asshole.

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