Mirren's character transformation is almost frightening -- she changes from submissive wife to daring lover to vicious seeker of vengeance. Make sure you've eaten some time before seeing this. Under her husband's nose, Georgina carries on an affair with Michael with the help of the restaurant staff. Now if I could just find a Poster size copy of one of the Menus I would be in Heaven. Look also for a young Tim Roth playing his usual delinquent role. Nudity, torture, rotting meat, and Tim Roth Reservoir Dogs at his sleaziest all contribute the atmosphere of decay and excess. Written by Trivia The four title characters are named for the actors writer-director originally wanted to play them.
This provides a neat formula, and allows us to read the movie as a political parable. If applicable, we will notify you about this before processing your order. The cook was my favorite character because he helped to even the score for the abused wife and murdered lover. I consider it her finest work. When the opera boy wasn't singing, the angry loud man was yelling.
The relationship between all characters is easily understood and I cared about them. He carries on a doomed affair with Georgina. This enables you to watch the video without an Internet connection. That is the prelude to the movie's conclusion, which I will merely describe as cannibalism, to spare your feelings. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover is both adored and detested for its combination of sumptuous beauty and revolting decadence. The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant.
He resents Albert Spica, who has taken control of the restaurant. It is filmed beautifully with a cast of characters that you come to know and understand. This isn't a freak show; it's a deliberate and thoughtful film in which the characters are believable and we care about them. Ultimately Spica learns of the affair, forcing Georgina to hide out at Michael's book depository. Lightning strikes, and within seconds they are making passionate love in the ladies' room.
There is plenty of lust to go around between the wife and her lover and plenty of hatred directed at the thief. It doesn't simply make a show of being uncompromising -- it is uncompromised in every single shot from beginning to end. Due to the content, the gave Miramax a choice of either an or go unrated adults only for theatrical release. At another table in the restaurant sits the lover , a book propped up so that he can read while he eats. Not for everyone, but for some, essential.
Advertisement The thief's thuggish personality stands astride the movie and browbeats the others into submission. Those who think it is only about gluttony, lust, barbarism and bad table manners will have to think again. All the kitchen shots look like masterful 19th century still life paintings. Mirren and Gambon are among the most distinguished actors inBritain-they've played many of the principal roles in Shakespeare -- and herethey find the resources to not only strip themselves of all their defenses,but to do so convincingly. The actors in this movie exhibit a rare degree of courage. Apart from that, the movie itself is the most memorable I have ever seen. I just wanted it to stop.
Then the thief discovers that he is a cuckold, and in a rage orders his men to shove a book on the French Revolution down the lover's throat, one page at a time, with a sharp spindle. Boarst sends food to Georgina through his young employee Pup, a who sings while working. Forced to accompany Spica is his reluctant, well-bred wife, Georgina, who soon catches the eye of a quiet regular at the restaurant, bookshop owner Michael. In this scene: Michael Alan Howard , Albert Spica Michael Gambon , Georgina Spica Helen Mirren , Mitchel Tim Roth The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover - Babies Albert lectures his men and Georgina on the makings of a proper diet, making sure to grope her breasts and embarrass her as much as possible. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism.
Clothing by avant-garde designer Jean-Paul Gaultier changes color as the characters move from room to room. It is a mystery why it is never mentioned when her movies are discussed in articles and interviews. Richard The Cook is for , the only one of Greenaway's original choices retained in the final film. It's a classic purification ritual and it's literally putrid. Overcome with rage and grief, she begs Boarst to cook Michael's body, and he eventually complies.
This disc has one little odd quirk. Michael The Lover is named, interestingly enough, for , whom Greenaway eventually re-cast as Albert. The sex scenes in this movie are as hungry and passionate as any I have seen, and yet they are upstaged by the rest of the film, which is so uncompromising in its savagery that the sex seems tranquil by comparison. Then one night his eyes meet the eyes of the thief's wife. I have the Poster in my dining room. At the time, I think it was almost rated X, well-made adult movie, but this is not a pornographic movie.
My Beta copy is long gone. We all know that this film is excellent, a modern day masterpiece, etc, etc. Spica tortures the boy before finding the bookstore's location written in a book the boy is carrying. My wife didn't see it. Hopefully, Criterion will give us a proper region A release at some point, but for now, this should do just fine for serious fans of the film! Saw this British movie in the theater 17 years ago.