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1,179 Ratings

The Pillow Book

Directed by Peter Greenaway
United Kingdom, Netherlands, 1996
Drama, Romance, LGBTQ+


As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko’s father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from The Pillow Book, the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. As she grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on bodies, Nagiko begins a sexual odyssey.

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The Pillow Book Directed by Peter Greenaway

Critics reviews

Through his intense formalism, Greenaway can seem even further removed than even Bresson, but that doesn’t mean he cannot achieve the same results. In The Pillow Book, the emotion wrought from deliberate repetitions and connections to history grow through sensualism.
August 19, 2016
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