The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
DVD9 | ISO | PAL, 16:9 (720x576) VBR | 01:59:09 | 8.03 Gb
Audio: AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps (each): English, German, Italian, Spanish
Subs: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Genre: Black Comedy, Erotic Drama, Satire
This is probably Peter Greenaway's most famous (or infamous) film, which first shocked audiences at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and then on both sides of the Atlantic. A gang leader (Michael Gambon), accompanied by his wife (Helen Mirren) and his associates, entertains himself every night in a fancy French restaurant that he has recently bought. Having tired of her sadistic, boorish husband, the wife finds herself a lover (Alan Howard) and makes love to him in the restaurant's coziest places with the silent permission of the cook (Richard Bohringer). Though less cerebral than Greenaway's other films, featuring deadly passions reminiscent of Jacobean revenge tragedies of the early 17th century, the picture still offers the director's usual ironic and paradoxical comments on the relations between eating and sex, love and death.