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In order to understand the use of water in an Adrian Lyne film, you should probably look more widely at the use of water in his complete body of work. Lolita frolics under a sprinkler, Flashdance has its famous water dance, there's the bathtub scene in Jacob's Ladder, and Unfaithful has horseplay with water pistols, a car wash, a sink sponging, and a bath ...


I seem to recall that the tide coming in was often used as a metaphor for intercourse in older films. I cannot really remember the film but perhaps water is symbolising lust - being released from taps, becoming dangerous when boiling and becoming calm and relaxed again with the (apparent) death of Alex. I stress that I have no expertise in this area and ...

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