Drowning by Numbers
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Peter Greenaway wrote and directed this typically surreal and iconoclastic black comedy. Three generations of women who share the same name -- 63-year-old Cissie Colpitts (Joan Plowright), her daughter Cissie Colpitts II (Juliet Stevenson), and granddaughter Cissie Colpitts III (Joely Richardson) -- have all discovered the same way of dealing with their marital problems. The senior Cissie has drowned her husband Jake (Bryan Pringle) in the bathtub, her daughter sent her spouse Hardy (Trevor Cooper) to a watery grave in the ocean, and the youngest Cissie sent her husband Bellamy (David… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its worth is drowned out by its obscurity and urge to make everything into an intellectual game."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Stylish, adult entertainment from Greenaway"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"tricky and extremely clever"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Quintessential Greenaway."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Though not the most visceral of Greenaway's films, it is a textbook art film, meticulously organized, and requisite viewing for obsessive-compulsives."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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