The Drowning (film)

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The Drowning
The Drowning poster.jpg
Directed byBette Gordon
Screenplay by
Based onBorder Crossing
by Pat Barker
Produced by
  • Daniel L. Blanc
  • Radium Cheung
  • Jamin O'Brien
CinematographyRadium Cheung
Edited byJohn David Allen
Music byAnton Sanko
The Film Community
Distributed byPaladin
Release date
  • 8 October 2016 (2016-10-08) (Warsaw)
Running time
95 minutes
  • United States
  • Hong Kong

The Drowning is a 2016 American-Hong Kong thriller drama film directed by Bette Gordon and starring Josh Charles, Julia Stiles and Avan Jogia.[1][2] It is based on Pat Barker's 2001 novel Border Crossing.[3][4][5][6]


The Drowning tells the story of a forensic psychologist haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy later reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case.



The film has a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[7] Simon Abrams of gave the film one star.[8] Diego Semerene of Slant Magazine awarded the film half a star out of four.[9]


  1. ^ Crump, Andy (12 May 2017). "The Drowning". Paste. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (10 May 2017). "The Deep End: Bette Gordon's The Drowning". Brooklyn Magazine. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. ^ Edelstein, David (12 May 2017). "Bette Gordon's The Drowning Is a Gripping Study of Male Weakness". Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  4. ^ Kiang, Jessica (10 May 2017). "Film Review: 'The Drowning'". Variety. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  5. ^ Hereford, André (10 May 2017). "Film Review: The Drowning". Film Journal International. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  6. ^ Linden, Sheri (10 May 2017). "'The Drowning': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  7. ^ "The Drowning". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  8. ^ Abrams, Simon (10 May 2017). "The Drowning". Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  9. ^ Semerene, Diego (9 May 2017). "The Drowning". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 23 December 2017.

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