8 1/2 Women (1999)

If every man thinks of sex once every nine minutes, what does he think of the other eight?

Original Title : 8½ Women
Director : Peter Greenaway
Writer : Peter Greenaway
Genre : Comedy
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Terry Glinwood , Bob Hubar , Kees Kasander , Michael Pakleppa , Denis Wigman , Jimmy de Brabant
Photography : Reinier van Brummelen
Sacha Vierny
Distributor : Alameda Films [mx]
MPAA Rating : Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue and pervasive nudity.
IMDB ID : 0154443
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poster for "8 1/2 Women" by Peter Greenaway (1999)
8 1/2 Women (1999) - Peter Greenaway


John Standing I
Matthew Delamere Storey Emmenthal
Vivian Wu Kito
Annie Shizuka Inoh Simato
Barbara Sarafian Clothilde
Kirina Mano Mio
Toni Collette Griselda
Toni Collette Griselda


After his wife dies, 55-year-old businessman Philip Emmenthal, at the prompting of his playboy son Storey, populates his Geneva villa with eight and a half concubines. Three are from Kyoto, where Storey manages Pachinco palaces. Each has a distinctive personality: a nun, a child bearer, a gambler, a student of Kabuki, a horsewoman with a pet pig, a maid. Philip throws off his strait-laced and repressed attitudes, immersing himself in pleasure. After about a year, the women begin to assert their own power. Side adventures pre-figure the household's breakup, and the women depart in one way or another, one at at time. Philip's fate is in the hands of Palmira, his favorite.


Clever but meaningless and awful Greenaway seems to have a habit of trying deliberately to disgust his viewers. This film opens with incest--and purposeless, meaningless, casual incest at that. That's Greenaway's big problem. He prefers parlor tricks to shock over actually doing anything meaningful. Technical skill isn't enough. He's just a bit perverse for the sake of perversity.
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8 1/2 Women (1999) - Peter Greenaway