THE DEEP END, based loosely on Elizabeth Sanxay Holding’s 1947 LADIES HOME JOURNAL serialized novel THE BLANK WALL, is a story of a mother’s relationship with her son as she struggles desperately to cope with a crisis that threatens to envelop her entire world. In the classical tradition of the American film melodrama, THE DEEP END explores the depths of familial love, the boundaries of communication, and the quiet lonely beauty of self-sacrifice.
Lake Tahoe is both the setting and the controlling metaphor of the film – its purity and clarity, its steadfastness, its unfathomable depth and mystery, its moods. Surface tension – the fragile membrane-like collection of molecules pulling in on a liquid’s boundary, containing it, keeping it in its smallest possible space, defining it’s volume – mirrors the dramatic tensions of the story and it’s main character Margaret Hall.
THE DEEP END is the second feature of David Siegel and Scott McGehee (SUTURE). It stars Tilda Swinton (ORLANDO, EDWARD II, THE BEACH), Goran Visnjic (WELCOME TO SARAJEVO, E.R.) and Jonathan Tucker (SLEEPERS, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES) and was shot in May and June 2000 on location in Lake Tahoe and Reno (California and Nevada).