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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 (1963).



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simato (as Shizuka Inoh)
Kirina Mano ...
Griselda / Sister Concordia
Giaconda the Baby Factory
Manna Fujiwara ...
Giulietta / Half Woman
Celeste, Emmenthal Maid
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Marianne, Emmenthal Maid
Amelia, Philip's Wife


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 December 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

8 femmes 1/2  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,000, 28 May 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$417,517, 23 July 2000
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Philip Emmenthal: I like sleeping. You were conceived in this bed.
Storey Emmenthal: You weren't sleeping then.
Philip Emmenthal: No... but I have a feeling your mother was.
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I enjoyed it even if it's very juvenile
1 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

It seems that when Peter Greenaway lets his hair down, he automatically reverts back to adolescence. 8 1/2 WOMEN is visually striking and the dialogue has a rhythm and cadence to it that's a joy to listen. But the whole thing is simply infantile. I'm aware that the movie is not meant to be taken seriously and that the characters in the story are immature spoiled brats but that doesn't mean the movie itself has to feel like it was done by an immature, spoiled artist. The end product feels more like someone who's got too much time on his hands and creates movies from whatever pops in his head than something that comes from the heart or mind. Few of the characters are interesting, as people or as subjects for a movie. The dialogue was funny and caustic but the constant need to blurt out certain "shocking" words was really silly, and got only sillier by the end of the film. Only the brilliant visual and aural feast that usually typifies a Greenaway film made this worth watching.

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