Written and directed by the award-winning short filmmaker David MacKenzie, this is a stunning and highly original adaptation of the novel by the Scottish Beat writer Alexander Trocchi.
Set in a steamy Glasgow of the early 1950s, the film focuses on the existential crisis of Joe (McGREGOR), a rootless young drifter who finds work on a barge owned by the down-to-earth Les (MULLAN) and his enigmatic wife Ella (SWINTON). One afternoon, whilst working – Joe and Les find a corpse of a young woman floating in the water.
Accident? Suicide? Murder?
As the police investigate the case and a suspect is arrested, it becomes evident that Joe knows more about the drowned woman than he is letting on. Meanwhile, against the background of this mysterious death & the murder investigation, Joe and Ella embark on an intimate and passionate affair.