Drowning by Numbers (1988)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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Three generations of women all share the same problem: marriage woes, and they want to put an end to it.




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  • Natalie Morse and Jason Edwards in Drowning by Numbers (1988)
  • Drowning by Numbers (1988)
  • Bernard Hill and Joan Plowright in Drowning by Numbers (1988)
  • Joely Richardson and David Morrissey in Drowning by Numbers (1988)
  • Bernard Hill and Joan Plowright in Drowning by Numbers (1988)

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5 December 2001 | arkadin-1
Good surprise.
In "Drowning by Numbers" Peter Greenaway managed to find the thin line between the art movies and the audience-pleasing comedies. His other films, like "The Draughtsman's Contract" are visually arresting but very hard to understand and to stay with. I worried a little bit before I sat down watching this film but I spent a cheerful evening in front of the TV. Hilarious dialogues and monologues are matched with Sacha Vierny's beautiful photography and Greenaway's distinctive and moody sets and atmosphere. Plowright, Stevenson and Richardson are equally terrific, not to mention Bernard Hill as the corny coroner. The debuting Jason Edwards is one of the highlights of the film. His strange behaviour and explanations of the newly invented games are the funniest moments in the film. The final scene is one of the most bizarre closing ever put on screen. Unfortunately, this film was faded by the other commercially successful English films of the late 80s, early 90s (e.g. The Fish Called: Wanda), but if you have the opportunity to watch this film don't miss it. It's highly recommended.

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Release Date:

June 1991



Country of Origin

UK, Netherlands

Filming Locations

Suffolk, England, UK

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