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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
Year
Running time
123 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Peter Greenaway
Music
Michael Nyman
Cinematography
Sacha Vierny
Cast
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Producer
Allarts Cook Ltd / Erato Films / Films Inc
Genre
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.
Awards
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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