Through the course of the film each of the numbers 1 to 100 appear, the large majority in sequence, often seen in the background, sometimes spoken by the characters.. Movies. Once young Cissie marries her beau, Bellamy, a known non-swimmer, you know where things are heading. Interior lit cars seem to float through darkened landscapes and mysterious fogs often loom in backgrounds. The link to folklore is further established by Madgett's son Smut, who recites the rules of various unusual games played by the characters as if they were ancient traditions. Players each select three sheep in a row and win when their sheep are first to jangle their cups. The film's plot centres on three married women — a grandmother, her daughter, and her niece — each named Cissie Colpitts.  "Trysting Fields" is the most complicated use of the material: every appoggiatura from the movement, and no other material from the piece, is used. As the plot progresses, visual and spoken numbers appear in the scenes, counting from one to one hundred. Greenaway is like the lecherous old satyr to Anderson’s innocent wide-eyed child. There's no plot, more a series of loosely connected vignettes, which is definitely Greenaway's style, but the overarching threads of the film don't ever really come together in any meaningful way. As sheep, we are told, have particular sensitivity to the tides, they will, when the waters rise, move, thus jangling the tea cups. During the couple’s fling, and during the subsequent drowning of Jake, Greenaway includes multiple cut-aways to close-ups of butterflies flapping on and snails crawling over fruit and flowers and other detritus, as though 16th Century still-lifes had come to slowly rotting life. 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As the story progresses each woman successively drowns her husband. I saw it at the Roxie, not sure how readily available it is otherwise. | The mother drowns her husband and, her daughter and niece, also… I remembered nothing but the basic plot—three generations of women drown their husbands—and the numbers 1 through 100 appearing (visually or verbally) sequentially throughout the film. Through the course of the film each of the numbers 1 to 100 appears in sequence, often seen in the background, sometimes spoken by the characters. She puts him off as did her mother. When 100 arrives, it’s in the last shot of the film, the scene of the final death. Tired of her husband's philandering ways, the mother of two daughters drowns her husband. The film is set and was shot in and around Southwold, Suffolk, England, with key landmarks such as the Victorian water tower, Southwold Lighthouse, and the estuary of the River Blyth clearly identifiable. The three Cissie Colpittses are played by Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson and Joely Richardson, while Bernard Hill plays the coroner, Madgett, who is cajoled into covering up the three crimes. Try another? With the reluctant help of the local coroner, the murder is covered up. © 2020 Time Out England Limited and affiliated companies owned by Time Out Group Plc. Three generations of women all share the same problem: marriage woes, and … Three generations of women all share the same problem: marriage woes, and they want to put an end to it. Drowning by Numbers Synopsis: Tired of her husband's philandering ways, the mother of two daughters drowns her husband. Smut describes many of his games, the most complicated by far being Hangman’s Cricket, a game the rules of which take players an entire day to learn. "Drowning by Numbers", directed by Peter Greenaway won the award for Best Artistic Contribution at 1988 Cannes Film Festival. It’s almost like a murder mystery where everyone knows the identity of the killers, with drama provided not by an investigation but by the sequentially appearing numbers. The story is paced by the numbers one to one hundred, which appear sequentially through this movie. Through the course of the film the numbers 1 to 100 appear in order, sometimes seen in the background, sometimes spoken by the characters. What kind of plot could a poet possibly provide that is not surpassed by the thinking, feeling reader?