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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

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Original title
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Running time
123 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Peter Greenaway
Michael Nyman
Sacha Vierny
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Allarts Cook Ltd / Erato Films / Films Inc
Drama. Comedy | Black Comedy. Cooking. Cult Movie
Synopsis / Plot
One of the most controversial films of all time, the title of this Jacobean revenge-tragedy, set in an upscale French restaurant, says it all. The restaurant is visited nightly by the sadistic Thief (a ferocious Gambon). His battered Wife (Mirren in a heartbreaking performance) seeks solace in her secret Lover whom she meets one evening while dining. The sympathetic Cook rounds out the cast. A surreal theatre piece combining moments of tender tragedy and stomach-turning physical and mental cruelty, the film suggests that revenge is not always sweet: It sometimes has a few bones.
1989: Sitges Fantasy Film Festival: Best Director, Music, Cinematography, Actor (Michael Gambon)
1990: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
1990: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Cinematography
1990: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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