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8½ Women

Country: UK | Netherlands | Luxembourg | Germany, Language: English | Italian | Japanese | Latin, 118 mins

  • Director: Peter Greenaway
  • Writer: Peter Greenaway
  • Producer: Jimmy de Brabant; Terry Glinwood

CGiii Comment

An homage to Fellini's - Greenaway style.

Pillow Book was bad - this is a huge margin.

Greenaway has made some truly inspiring films - perhaps, he has done away with the inspiration and now makes any old script into a film - as long as it involves getting respectable actors to bare their butts - is he laughing at everyone?

Alas...we're not laughing with him.



The(ir) Blurb...

After his wife dies, fifty-five-year-old businessman Philip Emmenthal (Sir John Standing), at the prompting of his playboy son Storey (Matthew Delamere), populates his Geneva villa with eight and a half concubines. Three are from Kyoto, Japan, 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, and 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 break-up, and the women depart in one way or another, one at at time. Philip's fate is in the hands of Palmira (Polly Walker), his favorite.

Cast & Characters

John Standing as Philip Emmenthal;
Matthew Delamere as Storey Emmenthal;
Vivian Wu as Kito;
Annie Shizuka Inoh as Simato;
Barbara Sarafian as Clothilde;
Kirina Mano as Mio;
Toni Collette as Griselda / Sister Concordia;
Amanda Plummer as Beryl;
Natacha Amal as Giaconda the Baby Factory;
Manna Fujiwara as Giulietta / Half Woman;
Polly Walker as Palmira;
Elizabeth Berrington as Celeste, Emmenthal Maid;
Myriam Muller as Marianne, Emmenthal Maid;
Don Warrington as Simon;
Claire Johnston as Amelia, Philip's Wife