The Pillow Book (1996)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

France/United Kingdom/The Netherlands/Luxembourg, 1996, , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Peter Greenaway, based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by , , , , .  Costume Design by , , .  Film Editing by Peter Greenaway, .  Toronto International Film Festival 1996.

Interesting subject doesn’t play out as well as it should in Peter Greenaway’s playfully erotic tale of Japanese Body Art, but it is worth checking out. plays a Japanese woman who as a child was taught the ancient art of body calligraphy by her father, and now as an adult finds the process of writing on people’s bodies and having them write upon her own to be totally sexually arousing. She meets many people upon whom she experiments, but it takes her a long time to find someone whose skin makes a good paper for her work. Excellent story idea, sometimes runs too long, but too interesting to avoid and features a sexy as one of her paramours.

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