Drowning By Numbers

1987, Movie, R, 118 mins

Another typical Greenaway outing, in which plot and character take second place to those favorite thematic concerns of formal symmetry and physical decomposition.

Against a backdrop of the autumnal Suffolk seaside, three generations of women, each named Cissie Colpitts (60-year-old mother Joan Plowright, 34-year-old daughter Juliet Stevenson and 19-year-old granddaughter Joely Richardson), murder their unsatisfactory husbands by drowning--respectively, Jake (Bryan Pringle), in a bathtub; Hardy (Trevor Cooper), while swimming in the sea; and Bellamy (David Morrissey), in a swimming pool. In return for promised sexual favors, which the women ultimately withhold, t...

Released: 1987 Rated: R Length: 118 mins

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