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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
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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
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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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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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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Sosaku Yoshiwara
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I enjoyed it even if it's very juvenile
1 October 2003 | by (the rock) – 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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