This movie introduced me to the talented Helen Mirren, long before she became a household name in the U. His oafish behavior causes frequent confrontations with the staff and his own customers, whose patronage he loses, but whose money he seems not to miss. What is all this about? Many people will be profoundly offended by this film — by the monstrous misanthropy that Greenaway lays bare through it, by the spiteful images of women in a vicious world — but some may appreciate it for what it certainly is: the most startling depiction of intellectual cruelty and evil for many years. But be warned, this is not a pleasant movie. There is plenty of lust to go around between the wife and her lover and plenty of hatred directed at the thief. Because it is a film made in rage, and rage cannot be modulated. The dining room is hell.
That left the distributor, Miramax, with two choices: Self-apply an X rating, or release it unrated. Common wisdom suggests that you don't go into films like Babette's Feast and Eat Drink Man Woman on an empty stomach. With a dungeon-like kitchen that looks like it was snatched out of Terry Gilliam's Brazil, this is a fantastically bizarre place to eat dinner. The film begins and ends with two unmentionable scenes. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover - Notes for Gourmets While Albert lectures his associates on the finer points of gourmet dining, Georgina loses herself in the eyes of a bookish patron. Then one night his eyes meet the eyes of the thief's wife.
Alan Howard communicates so much as well in his almost silent role, and in a revelatory note, I'll say this: their nude scene is one that is rife in sensuality and proves that one doesn't need Hollywood hard-bodies to make an erotic scene work. I have the Poster in my dining room. Format Prime Video streaming online video Devices Available to watch on This is my favorite movie of all time. By the same token, my recommendation would be that you don't venture into The Cook on a full stomach. Perhaps the most disgusting sequences involve trucks of meat and fish left outside to rot. The irony of Greenaway's quote above is that he is in fact story-telling on several levels at once. Imagine the universe as a restaurant.
Saw this British movie in the theater 17 years ago. Remember he is a cook! Georgina, his abused wife, meets and soon fall in love with a bookshop owner, who constantly goes to the restaurant. The ladies's room is heaven. On another level, there is no end to the ideas stirred up by this movie, which was threatened with an X rating in America while creating a furor in Great Britain because of its political content. The music richly complements the scenes on screen.
These bystanders are the people who work at the restaurant. Eventually, the Thief tumbles and carries out a hideous revenge. In Georgina, Helen Mirren has created a character that is deeply suffering, infinitely patient. That's how I got hooked. Every image is like a painting.
This is also a movie of vivid colors: reds for the dining room, pinks for the rest rooms, and greens for the kitchen. Among them is the Cook, played by Richard Bohringer, who faithfully serves Spica and his yes-men meal after meal and makes no opinion as they loudly banter about the difference between this dish and that dish -- essentially saying nothing worthwhile --, while all the time Georgina silently eats on, almost like a non-entity. Or is it simply about a cook, a thief, his wife and her lover? Sex, in its pure form, is looked at as something sacred. It is a well made and earned 4 stars. That is, until she notices a quiet, intellectual-looking man, reading a book.
Gambon discovers that his wife is having this affair so he has the librarian killed but his wife teams up with a cook from the restaurant to come up with a terrifying revenge plot. This isn't a freak show; it's a deliberate and thoughtful film in which the characters are believable and we care about them. All in all, this Blu-ray is recommended. This is a film that would never, no matter what year it was produced, have won an Academy Award. I first saw it in 1990 and remembered almost all of it before viewing it a second time last night. Mirren's lovemaking scenes with Alan Howard are charged with eroticism, and her final confrontation with Gambon is tense and bitter.
Spica's men storm Michael's bookshop while Georgina is visiting the boy in hospital. Georgina discovers his body when she returns. The mood of the film is dark-black, heralded by brilliant reds or greens, and the tenor of an angelic child throughout. He command his retinue to secretly kill her lover and then she decide to revenge. An abstract concept is thus made perfectly and accessibly literal.
Once I realized the colors of the costumes changed, as the characters passed from room to room, I had to go back and see it again. Set design is top notch. The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. And watch the way she and Howard handle their sex scenes together, using sex not as joy, not as anavenue to love, but as sheer escapism; lust is their avenue to oblivion. And don't plan a dinner aftewards; you'll be too dizzy.