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Drowning By Numbers Movie Review Summary

Actors: Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson, Bernard Hill

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This 1988 film is one of Peter Greenaway's odder, more surreal, if lighthearted pieces of work. Three women -- a mother, a daughter, and a niece, all named Cissie Colpitts -- are dissatisfied with their husbands and arrange for them to drown. The local coroner Madgett (Hill), who is addicted to game playing, agrees to help the women disguise the murders. Games of all sorts appear throughout the tale. The story is paced by numerals or collections of objects which appear in sequence from 1 to 100. Strange, tongue-in-cheek, and difficult to parse (but easy to watch if one doesn't worry about the meaning), this film can strike the viewer as either mercilessly tricky or delightfully wry.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   spurned lover goes for revenge Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   Killer POV story

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   simply wealthy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt

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