Original name: 8 ½ Women
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
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.
erotic, surreal, sexy, talky, clever, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, art house, sexual ...
obsession, male nudity, sex, prostitution, strong sexual content, women, death, surrealism, pornography, parents and children, relationships, estate, sexual relations, dialogue, art, incest, couples, harem, family relations, storytelling, brutality, couple relations, dangerous attraction, sexualized violence, midlife crisis ...
20th century, 90s
europe, switzerland, tokyo, geneva switzerland, japan