In 19th century China, Snow Flower and Lily are two girls matched by laotong - a lifelong relationship that is said to be more intimate than a relationship between husband and wife, or parent and child - but both are kept isolated by their respective families. In order to talk to each other, the girls invent a secret language - called "nu shu" - and write it between the folds of a fan, which they share with each other.
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The compulsive listmaking and mathematical precision of Greenaway's earlier films is present and intact, but the center of 8 1/2 Women is ultimately hollow and painfully obvious. His very concept reduces women to childish fantasies such as the sexually repressed nun (Toni Collette), the pregnant woman (Natacha Amal), the nubile bombshell (Polly Walker), the prudish accountant who wears thick glasses (Vivian Wu, from The Pillow Book) and the woman who adores her pet horse and pig (Amanda Plummer). The "half-woman" has no legs, of course.
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On the 8th October 1980 Talking Heads released not only one of their most significant albums but also one of the most significant albums of the last...