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Total Crap37.5%

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8 1/2 Women
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Queer as (your) folk(s)."
3 stars

8 ˝ Women is not going to be cleared up with a viewing of Fellini’s 8 ˝, though director Peter Greenaway does claim that this strange piece of work pays it homage.

An unbounded dark-black comedy, in which quirky cinema has reached new digits, 8 ˝ Women follows the tale of an aristocratic father and son attempting to capture and concrete their fantasies into reality. The bereft father and son commence their odyssey into sexual desire and conquest first beginning with each other, then by acquiring various women they meet or are given along the way. An enumeration of the eight-and-a-half by label are as follows: the negotiator (Polly Walker), a neglected accountant (Vivian Wu), a nun-cum-bank cashier (Toni Collette), a woman sexually intrigued by horses and a pig (Amanda Plummer), an obsessive Pachinko casino player (Shizuka Inoh), a vengeful maid (Barbara Sarafian), a meek female-female impersonator (Kirina Mano), a money hungry matron who must at all times be pregnant (Natacha Amal), and as the half woman, a legless lady who remains a mystery throughout (Manna Fujiwara). (Naturally, some confusion with the names — Giulietta, Giaconda, Mio, Clothilde, Griselda, et al. — is bound to follow.) 8 ˝ Woman stands as a unique and often wacky comedy that plays on all the hidden and taboo-ist inhibitions that supposedly exist; the Freudian resemblances, concoctions and twists that Greenaway smolders the movie in (additionally writing), are warped and esoteric. That should be a disclaimer enough on its own. The actual visage of sex and flesh is not nearly as present or prevalent in Greenaway’s prior movies (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, The Pillow Book), however, there is still enough to fill the screen.

With John Standing and Matthew Delamere.

[See it if you must.]

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User Comments

7/01/05 green gremlin Andy Warhol made better movies than this on his home movie camera !!! 1 stars
6/04/04 MyGreenBed As one who normally loves the work of Greenaway, I was stunned by just how bad this one is. 1 stars
8/02/02 mezzoalto eccentric and absolutely worth seeing:) anybody knows how I can find the scrips? 5 stars
12/05/01 Alex Ross The gardeners came with their mowers half way thru and woke me up. I soon dozed off again. 1 stars
8/20/01 Marian Grimball fascinating, provocative, cryptic 4 stars
2/21/01 Rocket Boy A low point in Greenaway's career. 2 stars
1/21/01 jion li 2 stars
1/13/01 Dizaner Leone What can you show me? 5 stars
12/27/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble God help me, I liked this movie. My Dad should beware!!! 4 stars
6/29/00 A big Greenaway fan "Sucks All Ass"? You're a bunch of fucking philistines. 5 stars
6/26/00 Bubby Watch an old video of a relatives funeral. It'll be better than this shit. 1 stars
6/09/00 Heather Rather heavy going but Greenaway fans will see it anyway, full of Freudian references 4 stars
6/07/00 Alma Marquez I really thougt it totally sucked!!! 1 stars
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