Head Above Water


Dir: Jim Wilson
Star: Harvey Keitel, Cameron Diaz, Craig Sheffer, Billy Zane

Keitel as a judge? Hard to believe, but this is the casting on view here, alongside Diaz as his ex-junkie wife. It makes more sense given the rest of the plot: a figure from her past turns up, dies, and must be disposed of to prevent a scandal. But was the death as accidental as it seemed? [An almost rhetorical question, really] And what of the childhood sweetheart lurking in the background? With a tiny cast - barely half-a-dozen, including corpse Zane - and one location, it feels like a stage play as it drifts from normality through tragedy to farce. The script handles the escalation well, though perhaps can be accused of going a little OTT at the end: especially memorable is a bound Diaz's attempt to escape by untying herself with a running chainsaw... However, this is mostly effective black comedy, of the "small but perfectly formed" type.

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Diaz gives good head
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