Dream Palace

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

+ intro by Justin Johnson, BFI Lead Programmer

Peter Greenaway’s sumptuous and brutal tale about an adulterous relationship.

Image from The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover + intro by Justin Johnson, BFI Lead Programmer

Netherlands-UK-France 1989
Dir Peter Greenaway
With Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Richard Bohringer, Tim Roth
124min
Digital
Certificate 18

Peter Greenaway’s dark, allegorical tale is both sumptuous and brutal as we follow an adulterous relationship, a criminal boss with no inhibitions and a series of decadent meals. With Michael Nyman’s score, Jean-Paul Gaultier’s costumes and Sacha Vierny’s cinematography providing cultural nourishment, this is a film that some may find hard to stomach but others will find plenty to feast on.

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