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Deep Water (1981)

Eaux profondes (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 16 December 1981 (France)
Melanie enjoys flirting and having little affairs. Her husband Victor seems to bear her antics with utmost calm and nonchalance. This impression turns out to be wrong, very wrong indeed.


Michel Deville


Christopher Frank (adaptation), Florence Delay (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Melanie
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Vic Allen
Sandrine Kljajic Sandrine Kljajic ... Marion
Éric Frey Éric Frey ... Denis Miller
Christian Benedetti Christian Benedetti ... Carlo Canelli
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Cameron
Bertrand Bonvoisin Bertrand Bonvoisin ... Robert Carpentier
Jean-Luc Moreau Jean-Luc Moreau ... Joël
Robin Renucci ... Ralph
Philippe Clévenot Philippe Clévenot ... Henri Valette
Martine Costes Martine Costes ... La maman de Julie
Evelyne Didi ... Evelyn Cowan
Jean-Michel Dupuis Jean-Michel Dupuis ... Philip Cowan
Bernard Freyd Bernard Freyd ... Havermal
Anne Head Anne Head ... La directrice


Melanie enjoys flirting and having little affairs. Her husband Victor seems to bear her antics with utmost calm and nonchalance. This impression turns out to be wrong, very wrong indeed. Written by Anonymous

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Concerto pour Clavecin
Music by Manuel de Falla
Conducted by Charles Dutoit
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Was Deville the right director here?
22 June 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Deville was the perfect director for such light gallantries such as "Benjamin"(1968).And what about Highsmith? Patricia Highsmith 's books are deceptive:it is hard to adapt them badly for the screen while being harder still to adapt them well.To my eyes ,one director has succeeded :Alfred Hitchcock ("Strangers on a train" ),three have partially succeeded (René Clément "Monsieur Ripley" (the talented M.Ripley) Anthony Minghella (its remake) and Wim Wenders 's "Der Amerikanische Freund " (Ripley's game) .Claude Chabrol was not so successful with "cry of the owl".Claude Miller butchered the brilliant "that sweet sickness" (="Dites lui que je l'aime") "Eaux profondes" is intense psychological drama.The story of a man who is jealous and kills all his wife's lovers.He warns them before .Trintignant,a good choice,tells them so: "I kill them" in a smooth voice .He treats his wife like a big doll,the scene is the bathroom is telling.

There was in Highsmith's book an atmosphere ,a terrible progression which led to madness:the film has a tendency to simplify too much and its main drawback is to be too short.

When she was interviewed when the movie was released,Highsmith told the journalists she had appreciated the movie.Make up your own mind about it.

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