Monday, November 4, 2013

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) England | France

Raw and brutal but in art form


"Lust... Murder... Dessert... Bon Appetit."

A controversial movie from the British filmmaker Peter Greenaway. The whole movie was shot within the three studio sets. One was the French restaurant, the second was the filthy street and the third one was the library. The story centers around a middle aged woman who is married to a restaurant owner who also supposed to be a gangster. She was bored with her married life and finds an affair with a bookstore owner. The affair between these two were helped to keep secret by the French cook from her husband. Sooner or later, the news breaks out, now the mad husband furious to find his wife's lover to payback. Did he find and what happens further is the twist and turn before the tale conclude.

It is understood that the movie was in some trouble when it was released. But everything has been changed now, the movies with similar kinda storyline and presentations are very common nowadays. More importantly the people are accepting it, so i guess this movie was released 20 years earlier. Peter Greenaway was an artist and his movies too very artistic with no barriers on the sections of the movie elements.

The atmospheres were so good in the movie. It did not look like some stage play, it did look like that happening in the outside world society. The movie was visually beautiful like one of Peter Greenaway s paintings. This is the good example when a painter turns into another, the fusion will happen. The movie had sufficient sex and violence scenes in it to be called a NC-17. So it is suitable only for adults. I hope you will enjoy the movie from its art form than complaining it like few did.

Similar movies:
Holy Motors, A Clockwork Orange

Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All

Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

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

  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

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