Peter Greenaway

Eight And A Half Women

Eight And A Half Women is a laconic black comedy, an examination of the age-old phenomenon of male sexual fantasy, its roots and its consequences. A quiet rich Swiss businessman lives in Geneva. His son is facinated by earthquakes. When the father’s much-loved wife dies, the son tries hard to help his father overcome his grief. To accommodate this, the two of them create their own domestic bordello. The film tells the story of the brothel, and its eight and a half women, which lasts three years before being broken up and finally destroyed in an earthquake. Shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999.

This title is part of the Dis Voir, Scripts by Peter Greenaway Series.

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