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8 ½ Women -- Following the death of the mother, a father and son open up a brothel in their Genevan estate after watching Fellini's "8 1/2".

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Director:
Writer:
Peter Greenaway (writer)
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Release Date:
12 August 1999 (Czech Republic) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If every man thinks of sex once every nine minutes, what does he think of the other eight? See more »
Plot:
Following the death of a mother, a father and son open up a brothel in their Genevan estate after watching (1963). Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Greenaway's "awfulness" is his brilliance See more (44 total) »

Cast

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John Standing ... Philip Emmenthal
Matthew Delamere ... Storey Emmenthal

Vivian Wu ... Kito
Annie Shizuka Inoh ... Simato (as Shizuka Inoh)

Barbara Sarafian ... Clothilde
Kirina Mano ... Mio

Toni Collette ... Griselda / Sister Concordia

Amanda Plummer ... Beryl

Natacha Amal ... Giaconda the Baby Factory
Manna Fujiwara ... Giulietta / Half Woman

Polly Walker ... Palmira

Elizabeth Berrington ... Celeste, Emmenthal Maid
Myriam Muller ... Marianne, Emmenthal Maid

Don Warrington ... Simon

Claire Johnston ... Amelia, Philip's Wife
Pol Hoffmann ... Mourner (as Paul Hoffmann)
Tony Kaye ... Mourner
Ann Overstall Comfort ... Mourner (as Ann Overstall)
Malcolm Turner ... Undertaker
Patrick Hastert ... Man in Street

Julian Nest ... First Man in Cinema (as Julian Vincent)
Ciaran Mulhern ... Second Man in Cinema
John Overstall ... Third Man in Cinema

Derek Kueter ... Debt Collector
Jules Werner ... Debt Collector
Sophie Langevin ... Debt Collector Woman
Denise Gregoire ... Sister Nun
Sascha Ley ... Nun
Bettina Scheuritzel ... Schwester Fatimah
Radica Jovicic ... Nun
Jill Mercedes ... Nun
Dean Harrington ... American Businessman
Noriyuki Konishi ... Korean Businessman
Jean-Gabriel Dupuy ... French Businessman
Stéphane Prevot ... French Businessman
Katsuya Kobayashi ... Simato's Father
Ryota Tsuchiya ... Simato's Brother
Takumi Matsui ... Simato's Fiancé
Kiyosi Ishiguro ... Brother Fiancé
Hairi Katagiri ... Half Woman Companion
Yurika Sano ... Half Woman, 8 Years Old
Satomi Ando ... Half Woman, 10 Years Old
Sachiko Meguro ... Mio's Companion #1
Hisayuki Yoshioka ... Mio's Companion #2
Hanji Mishima ... Mio's Companion #3
Toyonosuke Fujima ... Kabuki Father
Kango Fujima ... Kabuki Son
Senyoichi Nishikawa ... Kabuki Son
Vladimir Bogachov ... Otello
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Greenaway ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Greenaway  writer

Produced by
Bob Bellion .... co-producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... co-producer
Terry Glinwood .... executive producer
Bob Hubar .... executive producer
Kees Kasander .... producer
Michael Pakleppa .... co-producer
Kosaku Wada .... line producer
Denis Wigman .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Reinier van Brummelen 
Sacha Vierny 
 
Film Editing by
Elmer Leupen 
 
Casting by
Carrie O'Brien 
Aimi O 
Danielle Roffe 
 
Production Design by
Wilbert Van Dorp 
Emi Wada 
 
Set Decoration by
Kayo Sakurai 
 
Costume Design by
Emi Wada 
 
Makeup Department
Sara Meerman .... hair stylist
Sara Meerman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Victoria Goodall .... production manager
Sadao Hoshino .... production manager
Jean-Claude Schlim .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gert Embrechts .... first assistant director
Koji Kobayashi .... first assistant director
Shin Mizuguchi .... second assistant director
Aimi O .... second assistant director
Anna Worthington .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Todd Van Hulzen .... scenic artist/sculptor
 
Sound Department
Graham Edmondson .... dolby consultant
Michael Keinath .... sound recordist
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Garth Marshall .... sound recordist
Luuk Poels .... foley editor
Luuk Poels .... foley supervisor
Luuk Poels .... sound editor
Wim Post .... dubbing mixer
Carlo Thoss .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Osamu Kume .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Arno Beekman .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Georges Branche .... stunt coordinator
Arlette Spetebroot .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Benny Ashoff .... assistant camera
Jaap Buitendijk .... still photographer
Kazunori Hirasawa .... clapper loader
Benjamin Lee .... still photographer
Akira Sawano .... clapper loader
Marie Spencer .... focus puller
Benito Strangio .... camera operator
Reinier van Brummelen .... lighting designer
 
Casting Department
Stéphane Foenkinos .... casting associate
 
Editorial Department
Myrthe Sardjoe .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Buchy Armand .... location trainee
Bob Bellion .... financial controller
Kanyo Fujima .... choreographer: Kabuki
Toyonosuke Fujima .... choreographer: Kabuki
Lydia Gonzalez .... production coordinator
Klaus-Michael Grüber .... opera director: "Otello"
Michael Hogh .... production assistant
Frank Klein .... financial controller
Cecilie Levy .... continuity
Willy Loedts .... pig trainer
Beatrice Pettovich .... location manager
Jean-Luc Simon .... production assistant
Diana Stiegler .... caterer
Christophe Thiry .... location trainee
Norene Bini .... dialogue coach: Vivian Wu (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue and pervasive nudity
Runtime:
118 min
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Philip Emmenthal:How many directors do you think uses films to fulfill their sexual fantasies?
Storey Emmenthal:Most of them, I think.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sosaku YoshiwaraSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Greenaway's "awfulness" is his brilliance, 7 May 2003
Author: fellicity from United States

I've heard and read much criticism about Greenaway's homage to Fellini, "8 1/2 Women", and have found it both predictable and amusing. Every Greenaway film evokes raw, often disturbing emotions in the viewer-- this is nothing new, yet is treated like a revelation with every new release. And some fans and critics of Greenaway seem to be keeping a running score of his visual/emotional offenses, even tending to get irate when he fails to shock or disturb on the level of his other films. But again, this is nothing new.

So I'm humored at the reaction to "8 1/2 Women", for it is as visually stunning/arousing/disturbing as many of its predecessors while it is actually quite tame by Greenaway's standards (for one, the cannibalism/mutilation theme is missing). Yet we have those who are disappointed at the lack of shock or those who are too easily shocked, and Greenaway has long proven that you can't make everyone happy in filmmaking and, honestly, he really doesn't care what you think. You only have to watch.

He is really very similar to Fellini in this way as he is in so many others. I'm no great fan of Fellini's, not as much as I am of his successors anyway, but the parallels are apparent. Fellini worked in absurdities the way Greenaway works in the dire or some artists work in oils. He made the most ridiculous scenarios seem beautiful, artful... even sexy. He imprinted upon film as art and future filmmakers that strange and disjointed often equals desirable, and Greenaway clearly took this to heart. But like Fellini, Greenaway films come with an automatic caveat: You will see things that we are taught to abhor and despise in our society, you will have to think about things from which humans naturally shrink away and you will bear witness to the possibility that great beauty can be found in the mire if you can manage to look long enough. Greenaway's "awfulness" and attempt to disgust you is his medium and his brilliance (and his great joke on you), and if this doesn't sit well with you then you shouldn't watch Greenaway. It's as simple as that.

So, that being said - "8 1/2 Women". Not Greenaway's best, but certainly not his worst. Again we get to share in his great love of the human form in all its beauty and imperfection-- both of body and of character. But this is his most lighthearted attempt and is thoroughly enjoyable for that alone. The relationship between the widower Philip Emmenthal and his earthshakingly prattish son Storey is genuinely touching, as are their relationships with the various women they bring into their lives to replace their lost wife/lover/mother. Equally moving is the fact that these women become much more than mere objects or possessions in their house, but rather individual character studies on the strength of femininity and the power that women have over men. While Fellini's "8 1/2" may have been semi-autobiographical, here Greenaway seems to have tapped into the fantasies and realities of the relationships between men and women everywhere, focusing on the fact that neither are as simple as they seem. And that while mere sex will inevitably falter in the face of deeper love, such meaningful relationships are elusive and fleeting. He doesn't tap very far through, which is this film's only failing; the relationships and characters, some of whom are downright silly, are often taken at surface value and the themes, especially regarding sexual dynamics, are nothing new to cinema.

Nevertheless, "8 1/2 Women" is a lovely, surprisingly sincere and often humorous account of men, women, family, self-identity and the rewards of living out your fantasies along with their tempering costs. Highly recommended for anyone who has been scared away by Greenaway's other films or for anyone else who truly enjoys the beauty found in strong women and faltering men.

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