Weight of Water

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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.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40216889
UPC 658149809727
UPC 14 00658149809727
Format DVD
Release Date 4/27/2004
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Two stories unravel simultaneously in this dark and suspenseful film. The first story, set in the present day, concerns a photographer, Jean (Catherine McCormack). She is working on an article for a magazine about a pair of bloody murders that happened 200 years before on the Isle of Shoals, just off the coast of New Hampshire. To get the pictures she needs she must visit the location of the murders, and so her husband, Thomas (Sean Penn), arranges a yachting trip with his brother, Rich (Josh Lucas), and Rich's girlfriend, Adaline (Elizabeth Hurley). The foursome pal around, enjoying the sea and the sun, while Adaline shamelessly seduces Thomas. Meanwhile, Jean is reliving the Isle of Shoals murders in her head, which is where the second story comes in. Maren (Sarah Polley) is a Norwegian woman who has recently immigrated to America with her husband. When her sister (Katrin Cartlidge) and sister-in-law (Vinessa Shaw) are brutally bludgeoned to death with an axe, she is the sole survivor, and thus the only one who knows the truth about what happened. THE WEIGHT OF WATER draws a parallel between these two tense episodes, as the surf swirls menacingly, foretelling imminent disaster.
New York Times "...THE WEIGHT OF WATER is certainly sexy..." 11/01/2002 p.E14
USA Today "...The cast is in good form, and the 19th-century half gets more interesting as it goes..." 11/01/2002 p.10E
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...[Polley] gives a stunning performance..." 11/01/2002 p.30-1
Entertainment Weekly "...The movie maneuvers skillfully through the plot's hot brine..." 11/15/2002 p.109
Sight and Sound "...Bigelow's adaptation of Anita Shreve's novel is intriguing..." 02/01/2003 p.67
Premiere "[Polley] is spectacularly fierce." 04/01/2004 p.99
Kathryn Bigelow
Catherine McCormack
Elizabeth Hurley
Cast & Crew
Catherine McCormack - Actor
Elizabeth Hurley - Actor
Josh Lucas - Actor
Sean Penn - Actor
Anita Shreve - Based On Novel By
Adrian Biddle - Cinematographer
Kathryn Bigelow - Director
Howard E. Smith - Editor
David Hirschfelder - Original music
A. Kitman Ho - Producer
Janet Yang - Producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson - Producer
Alice Arlen - Writer
Christopher Kyle - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 8097-D
UPC 00658149809727
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Product Attributes
Actor Penn,Sean
Label Studio Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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