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8 ½ Women (1999)

Following the death of a mother, a father and son open up a brothel in their Genevan estate after watching 8½ (1963).

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Philip Emmenthal
Matthew Delamere ...
Storey Emmenthal
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Kito
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Simato (as Shizuka Inoh)
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Clothilde
Kirina Mano ...
Mio
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Griselda / Sister Concordia
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Beryl
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Giaconda the Baby Factory
Manna Fujiwara ...
Giulietta / Half Woman
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Palmira
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Celeste, Emmenthal Maid
Myriam Muller ...
Marianne, Emmenthal Maid
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Simon
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Amelia, Philip's Wife
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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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If every man is supposed to think of sex once every nine minutes, what on earth does he think of in the other eight? See more »

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Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue and pervasive nudity | See all certifications »

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10 December 1999 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$92,000 (USA) (26 May 2000)

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$417,517 (USA) (21 July 2000)
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1.66 : 1
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Philip Emmenthal: All this narcissism is rather boring, isn't it? Find yourself a woman. Get someone else to kiss your cock for you.
Storey Emmenthal: Let's go to a hotel.
Philip Emmenthal: No... it's to far away from her and she might want me...
Storey Emmenthal: How is that possible?
Philip Emmenthal: I might want her... you've never slept with a corpse, I take it.
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Philip Emmenthal: I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China...
Storey EmmenthalPhilip Emmenthal: All to myself... alone... Get you and keep you... in my arms evermore... leaving all your lovers weeping on a far away shore.
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Sosaku Yoshiwara
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Written by Hirokazu Sugiura
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Not bad at all.
22 June 2000 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I went in expecting the worst and left completely turned around. 8 1/2 Women doesn't hold a candle to The Pillow Book, The Cook the Thief..., or his earlier Drowning By Numbers, but I had fun! It was almost like Peter Greenaway does Woody Allen (wanna talk about film makers who purge their sexual fantasies on screen!) With the exception of a couple of scenes, the visual style of this film is stark and simple (much like Drowning...) and relied heavily on smart dialogue, which at times got a bit over the top, intellectually speaking, but kept the film going. I never got bored with it, I never got too disgusted, and even if I can't recommend it to most of the people I know, I still feel it's a strong feature.

Now, even though this is Greenaway Lite, it still isn't for people who didn't like any of his earlier films. But even if you only liked The Cook The Thief, you should give this one a chance. Forget that you have hang ups about sex and sit back and watch the perversion unfold! Pure, sick fun!


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