Cinema: A Savage Punch and Judy

Deep End is being advertised as if it were a sequel to Repulsion. But instead of ghoulish psychodrama, it offers canny black comedy. Executed with a surrealistic flourish by Polish Director Jerzy Skolimowski (who collaborated with Roman Polanski on the script of Knife in the Water), it transforms the rite of puberty into a frenzied and often wildly funny vaudeville.

Mike (John Moulder-Brown) is a teen-age fumbler who takes his first job as an attendant at a public bath and swimming pool located in the far reaches of some bleak London suburb. He...

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