8 ½ Women (1999)

R 05/22/1999 (US) DramaComedy 1h 58m
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When sexual desire becomes an obsession, it's every man for himself.


After the death of his wife, wealthy businessman Philip Emmenthal and his son Storey 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 (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 favourite of the concubines, Palmira, 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", played by Fujiwara) and of course the money and the houses.

  1. Peter Greenaway

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. John Standing

    John Standing

    Philip Emmenthal

  2. Matthew Delamere

    Storey Emmenthal

  3. Vivian Wu

    Vivian Wu


  4. Toni Collette

    Toni Collette


  5. Claire Johnston

    Claire Johnston

    Amelia, Philip's Wife

  6. Polly Walker

    Polly Walker


  7. Amanda Plummer

    Amanda Plummer


  8. Elizabeth Berrington

    Elizabeth Berrington


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8 ½ Women
8 ½ Women

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget -

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