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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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Storyline

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 thinks of sex once every nine minutes, what does he think of 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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8 femmes 1/2  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$417,517 (USA) (21 July 2000)
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1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Philip Emmenthal: You aren't... gay, are you?
Storey Emmenthal: No... well, I love my own cock well enough, but I've never had enough enthusiasm for anyone else's.
[referring to the house]
Storey Emmenthal: I thought you had this re-decorated?
Philip Emmenthal: It was your mother's idea... but don't change the subject. How come you haven't got plans to marry?
Storey Emmenthal: Perhaps because I'm much in love with my prick to share it permanently. And that's probably your fault.
Philip Emmenthal: My fault?
Storey Emmenthal: Since I was eight years old, you put that big mirror on my wardrobe's door; and I wanted to be ...
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Soundtracks

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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Stimulating if not inaccessible
1 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Fans of Peter Greenaway will not be disappointed. This film seems to be following an on-going trend of a creating more subtle approach to subjects of sexualities. If Greenaway is maturing, it's by leaving even more unsaid about the various subjects he chooses for study. This may result in works which are even more inaccessible than previous works like "The Cook..." and "Prospero's Books". Patience is the key with Greenaway, and this film certainly demands it.


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