The Underwater Film Society

Photo credit: cool kids can’t die – Annie

I asked my friend Angela if she could recommend a few of her favorite water-based films, and she didn’t disappoint. She’s a kick-butt accountant by day, and a film-connoisseur/critic by night (along with her three film loving daughters). I loved hearing her talk about her choices, which surprisingly didn’t include Titanic. These aren’t necessarily for family viewing, so I’ll work on a PG version for tomorrow night… I’m regrettably typing this up while watching Dance Flick, so be thankful that Angela chose these movies instead of me, and forgive my imperfect paraphrasing!

1. Point Break “I chose this because the water represented freedom in both of the characters’ lives. The lead characters saw the water as an equalizer. And any time you have a large body of water, you have the theme of man versus nature which is classic.”

2. Young Adam “This is a really interesting film. He (Ewan McGregor) works on a barge, and he’s a writer, a drifter. The woman he loves is found murdered, in the water. Then he begins an affair with the barge owner’s wife (Tilda Swinton). In this film the water is a place of evil, a keeper of secrets.”

3. Desire “A man (Vincent D’Onofrio) and a woman (Greta Scacchi) meet as young adults, and a lifelong affair ensues. Water represents the space between them, both physically and metaphorically. He’s a fisherman, and while their love affair continues for decades, there’s always kept apart. For the woman, the water serves as a form of protection from D’Onofrio. At the same time, the water represents his isolation and it continually keeps him from connecting with other people.”

4. The Last of Sheila “This is from the late seventies; a really campy film about a gentleman whose wife dies. He invites a group of friends to a boat, and an Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery begins. Trapping characters on a boat in a film (or any story) immediately creates conflict and tension.”

5. Gremlins “I had to choose this – water makes them multiply!”

Thank you Angela! And I hope you like the photo I found, to accompany your choices… Not Keanu Reeves, but close, yes?

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3 thoughts on “The Underwater Film Society

  1. We thought of Whalerider, Cocoon and Waterworld. Also the documentaries Flow: For Love of Water on the global water crisis and Cadillac Desert focusing on the American West’s water history. Thanks for the film reviews, Angela. I’m looking forward to seeing them.

  2. Ooooooh, Cocoon. I’d forgotten about that one — excellent, Margaret! Thanks for the challenge, Elise. And the shameless plug for Me3FilmPodcast — the girls felt like superstars for about fifteen minutes — thanks for that.

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