8 1/2 Women

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8 1/2 Women ★½ 1999 (R)

A typically baffling presentation from Greena-way concerns wealthy Swiss businessman Philip Emmeenthal (Standing), who is grief-stricken over the recent death of his wife. His son, Storey (Delamere), comes to Geneva to console his father. After seeing Fellini's “8 1/2” they suddenly decide to assemble their own harem of decidedly offbeat females and pursue sexual fantasies. Remarkably unappealing and dull. 122m/C VHS, DVD . GB John Standing, Vivian Wu, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Matthew Delamere, Toni Collette, Amanda Plummer, Manna Fujiwara, Barbara Sarafian, Polly Walker, Karina Mano, Natacha Amal; D: Peter Greenaway; W: Peter Greenaway; C: Sacha Vierny.