Typically strange Peter Greenaway fare, The Pillow Book follows the life of a woman who, as a girl, was painted on by her author father on her birthday. She begins a lifelong quest to find a replacement for this love, someone to paint on her and make her feel young again. She eventually finds him in Ewan McGregor, in one of his earlier (and most explicit!) roles. But she loses him in a spite of jealous rage and suffers greatly.
Greenaway's The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover is a favorite movie of mine, but this movie never grabbed me. It had its interesting cinematographic twists, certainly, but the main story wasn't that interesting, nor was the main character, a bit of a self-indulgent egotist. It dragged in places and, well, I just wouldn't recommend it.