8½ Women

A Swiss businessman, rich with property in Japan, is so distraught with grief at his wife's death that his grown son tries to console him by setting up a harem of women, inspired by Fellini's 8∏. (The half-woman introduced into their private bordello, incidentally, is not mutilated but a dwarf - so much for taste!) Cue various liaisons, experiments and emotional intrigues, as Peter Greenaway's lacklustre narrative meanders towards its predictable and banal conclusion. The film's the usual collage of lists, perverse conceits, strange images, arcane allusions and nudity, but far more lazily assembled than previously. The writing is without wit, the pacing clumsy, the 'surrealism' forced and clumsy, the whole pretty pointless. And only Polly Walker gives anything approaching a decent performance.

Release details

Duration: 120 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Greenaway
Screenwriter: Peter Greenaway
Cast: Manna Fujiwara
Vivian Wu
John Standing
Kirina Mano
Toni Collette
Barbara Sarafian
Matthew Delamere
Natacha Amal
Amanda Plummer
Shizuka Inoh
Polly Walker
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