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4,038 Ratings

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Directed by Peter Greenaway
United Kingdom, France, 1989
Comedy, Avant-Garde, Horror


Set almost entirely in a French restaurant, this bold, controversial film follows the exploits of a ruthless British gangster whose long suffering wife forges a relationship with one of the restaurant’s patrons behind his back.

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Directed by Peter Greenaway

Critics reviews

Peter Greenaway, something of an aesthetic chameleon over his long, varied career, goes to further moment-to-moment extremes of planimetric staging and obsessive symmetry than Kubrick ever did, exaggerating the decorative artifice as a material presence in the film… Greenaway’s camera probes the layers of Albert’s hedonistic den — something of a defective Matryoshka doll that gets increasingly unflattering the more it expands from its innermost form (the luxurious dining hall).
March 31, 2015
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The irritation provoked by The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover leads me nowhere. It’s as if Greenaway had all this artistry, including his own, at his disposal and created nothing but a dead piece of meat, for no reason in particular—unless it’s to express his contempt for his audience.
April 12, 1990
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