- Both main characters have a very sad backstory. Edward's introduction to us only tells us that his life is superficial and empty, with no room for people who truly care about each other.
The scene then shifts to Vivian's life, taking the viewer into hell. In the first few minutes we learn:
- - One of her associates had just been murdered, her corpse dug out of a rubbish bin.
- - She is forced into hiding from her landlord, and she urgently needs a new client because her roommate Kit has taken all their money to buy drugs....
- - ...from a particularly nasty guy who really wants to pimp Vivian.