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Deep End review

A teenage boy grows up fast once he starts work at a local swimming pool

On plot alone, this could be Confessions Of A Swimming-Bath Attendant: naïve teenage lad, taken on at rundown indoor baths, has various farcical sexual encounters.

But in his rarely-seen 1970 movie – restored and re-released by the BFI – expat Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski has something darker, creepier and more surreal in his sights, as the intimations of doom mount up.

It feels the more bizarre for being set in London but shot in Munich. Flame-haired Jane Asher is enchanting as object of the hero’s erotic obsession, and there’s a bawdy cameo from a blowsy Diana Dors.

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