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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

NC-17   |    |  Crime, Drama


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At Le Hollandais gourmet restaurant, every night is filled with opulence, decadence and gluttony. But when the cook, a thief, his wife and her lover all come together, they unleash a shocking torrent of sex, food, murder and revenge.


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27 June 2004 | timator
A beautifully filmed, ugly and disturbing film.
I saw this almost fifteen years ago and I still have crystal clear mental images of some of the scenes. The chef at his table in the kitchen, planning his menu: stunning! Put it in a frame, hang it on the wall. In the restaurant scenes, you feel like you're there at the table as the camera pans, without cuts, from one person to another. Our heroes locked in the truck full of rotting meat: horrible, disgusting, perfect. It's a classic purification ritual and it's literally putrid. Greenaway is a genius. My only criticism is a minor one. There is a full frontal nude scene of the wife and her lover, where he is clearly more "relaxed" than he should have been at that moment. I'm a bit disappointed in Greenaway for not showing him at "attention", as he would have been in real life. But then, I guess he would have been accused of making porn. Whatever. This film is not for everyone. My wife didn't see it. I'm sure she would have hated it if she had. For that matter, I can't actually say I liked it, although I consider it a masterwork. But I'm glad I saw it. I'll probably see it again, but not until I can see it on HDTV. Plain old DVD couldn't possibly do it justice. An amazing movie.

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Release Date:

6 April 1990

Language

English, French, Dutch


Country of Origin

Netherlands, UK, France

Filming Locations

Goldcrest Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$252,223 8 April 1990

Gross USA:

$7,724,701

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,724,701

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