Drowning by numbers

15 yrs 118 minutes 1988 7.2

The willful director and artist Peter Greenaway, who made The Draughtsman’s Contract and The Belly of an Architect, through his film art, opens the door to a new ambiguous reality in its both beautiful and grotesque, but always elegant, style. In the Palm d’Or nominee Drowning By Numbers from 1988, he offers a puzzle that is hard to solve, a playful drama comedy orchestrated in his own unique way. A mother, her daughter and her niece – all named Cissie Colpitts – are dissatisfied with their men and drown them to death. Protected by the forensic pathologist, the three women conduct a daring murder investigation in a fun and disturbing story where the numbers 1 through 100 appear through the scenes.

The film is not playable outside of Sweden
Category: Feature film
Genre: Comedy, drama
Director: Peter Greenaway
Actor: Bernard Hill, Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English