The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

Crude gangster Spica (Albert Gambon) has taken over a high-end London restaurant and holds court there each night, antagonising staff and customers alike with his boorish behaviour. His wife Georgina (Helen Mirren) is driven into the arms of a quiet bookseller and the stage is set for murder and horrid revenge. A visual treat of formalism, Greenaway’s film still shocks and rings with the sound of aristocratic monocles hitting the floor at the sight of the inheritors of Thatcher’s reforms; violent thugs who believe their economic success can buy them culture.

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

  • Director: Peter Greenaway
  • Year: 1989
  • Run Time: 124 mins
  • Format: 4K
  • Country: UK/France
  • Rating: R