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8 ½ Women (1999)

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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
Annie Shizuka Inoh ...
Simato (as Shizuka Inoh)
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Clothilde
Kirina Mano ...
Mio
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Griselda / Sister Concordia
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Beryl
Natacha Amal ...
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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When sexual desire becomes an obsession, it's every man for himself. 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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Storey Emmenthal: I love Latin. The grammar, the difficult tenses, the history... but for some reason I was very bad at it, shamefully and blushingly bad at it. In moments of stress the embarrassment of how bad I was at Latin, a subject I loved, really hit me. It was like being laughed at by someone you desperately loved.
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Excerpt from 'Otello'
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Vladimir Bogachov & The Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Conducted by Riccardo Chailly
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Greenaway Laughs!
25 September 2002 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Actually, Greenaway has nearly always been laughing. It's just that many people fail to notice that. "8 1/2 Women", however, is different in that even the people who hate it (of which there will be plenty; it's Greenaway) will have no doubts that it is a comedy, and Greenaway's lightest-toned film yet.

It is a playful tribute to Fellini and Godard, and it features - prominently

  • understanding, affection and warmth, none of which are emotions one


would have easily associated with Greenaway's previous work. (In an after-screening interview, he commented that age makes one want to look more at the better side of things.) Because this is still very much a Peter Greenaway film, the ways in which emotions such as filial love are going to be explored are going to be very quirky indeed; but to interpret the film's "taboo" scene as intended to shock is a disservice to the film, the director's intentions (and his ability to *truly* shock when he wants to - check "The Baby of Macon") and your own enjoyment.

"8 1/2 Women" is full of odd little moments (and one SPECTACULARLY odd image which I won't spoil much, except to mention that it involves a pig, a Japanese Noh performer and a stunning Swiss villa) and offbeat humour; and it is about male bonding and male delusions about women. I can see how many people have taken the facile route of viewing it as misogynistic; these people have obviously not seen the same film as I have, which is all about control from behind the scenes, strategy, and the presentation of male supremacy for what it is - a fallacy.

"8 1/2 Women" was badly received at Cannes, got a tremendous backlash against it and died a death commercially. All of which is very unfair. If you like eccentric humour, give this film a chance. It's a little Wonderland of sorts and, in its own peculiar way, far more heartwarming than the average plastic Hollywood tear-jerker.


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