Drowning by Numbers
Directed by Peter Greenaway
My mom used to have this giant picture book called "The Eleventh Hour." In the story a group of animals prepare to have a feast, but find that someone has eaten all of their food already. Hidden in each illustrations are clues and puzzles and it is up to the reader to figure out which creature is responsible. Anyway, that is what this film reminded me of, although I remember the book being way more entertaining.
Three married women, all named Cissie Colpitts, drown their husbands. Each woman tries to get the coroner to cover up her crime. But, wait! There's more! Throughout the entire film, the numbers 1-100 appear in sequence. Sometimes there are in the background and other times they are spoken by the characters, which I suppose is interesting in a Highlights magazine sort of way.
I found this film to be extremely dull, so I don't have too much to say about it. Not much happens, or at least, not nearly enough to justify its running time. All the characters were obnoxious and hard to grab a hold of. I felt like the visual tricks were used as a distraction so the audience wouldn't realize the film just wasn't that good.
I think this has been removed in subsequent editions and I can't say I am too choked up about it.
There are 100 things beginning with S in Smut's room and 100 things beginning with M in Madgett's room.