Equal parts schematic and distasteful, Peter Greenaway's distasteful homage to Fellini's 81/2 couldn't be a more different film; for all his love of the grotesque, Fellini is driven by palpable awe of women's allure. Greenaway loves only a freak show;
his film is predicated on the notion that all women are whores and marbled with contempt and disgust. Wealthy businessman Philip Emmenthal (John Standing) is shattered by his wife's death and turns to son Storey (Matthew Delamere) for comfort. Disaffected Storey, who's been running the pachinko
parlor his father recently acquired in Japan, proposes a bold and perverse cure for what ails them both. They'll establish a ...