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8½ Women

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8½ Women is a 1999 comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Greenaway, and starring John Standing, Matthew Delamere, and Vivian Wu The international co-production the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Germany was entered into the 1999 Cannes Film Festival

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Reception
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Plot

After the death of his wife Amelia, wealthy businessman Philip Emmenthal John Standing and his son Storey Matthew Delamere open their own private harem in their family residence in Geneva They get the idea while watching Federico Fellini's 8½ and after Storey is "given" a woman, Simato Shizuka Inoh, to waive her pachinko debts They sign one-year contracts with eight and a half women to this effect

The women each have a gimmick one is a nun, another a kabuki performer, etc Philip soon becomes dominated by his favorite of the concubines, Palmira Polly Walker, who has no interest in Storey as a lover, despite what their contract might stipulate Philip dies, the concubines' contracts expire, and Storey is left alone with Giulietta the titular "½" and of course the money and the houses

While the film deals with and graphically describes diverse sexual acts in conversation, the film does not feature any sex scenes as such

Cast

  • John Standing as Philip Emmenthal
  • Matthew Delamere as Storey Emmenthal
  • Vivian Wu as Kita
  • Shizuka Inoh as Simato
  • Toni Collette as Griselda/Sister Concordia
  • Amanda Plummer as Beryl
  • Natacha Amal as Giaconda
  • Barbara Sarafian as Clothilde
  • Kirina Mano as Mio
  • Manna Fujiwara as Giulietta/Half Woman
  • Polly Walker as Palmira
  • Elizabeth Berrington as Celeste
  • Myriam Muller as Marianne
  • Don Warrington as Simon
  • Claire Johnston as Amelia

Reception

8½ Women received mixed to negative reviews; it holds a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is currently Greenaway's lowest-rated film on the site On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film has 36/100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews"

The film opened at the box office at #50 with $92,000 and grossed $424,123 domestically

References

  1. ^ a b 8½ Women at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: 8½ Women" festival-cannescom Retrieved 2009-10-04 
  3. ^ 8½ Women at Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Rotten Tomatoes 2000-05-26 "Peter Greenaway - Rotten Tomatoes" Flixster Retrieved 2011-10-10 
  5. ^ 8½ Women at Metacritic
  6. ^ Box Office Mojo 2000-07-30 "Weekend Box Office Results for May 26-28, 2000 - Box Office Mojo" Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-10-10 

External links

  • 8½ Women on IMDb
  • 8½ Women at AllMovie
  • 8½ Women at Box Office Mojo
  • 8½ Women at Rotten Tomatoes
  • 8½ Women at Metacritic
  • 8½ Women at petergreenawayorguk

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