The Movie: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover (1989)
What Is It?: Peter Greenaway creates a world that is both beautiful and thoroughly grotesque with haunting music, daring use of color, intricate set design, and realistic performances from the leads that offset the completely stylized look and feel of the film. Helen Mirren plays the wife of a vile restaurant owner (is he a thief? He never really steals anything in the film, but whatever). Mirren’s lover is a bookworm who provides solace from her turd of a husband. A lot of people find The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover simply too disturbing to bear, and it is a pretty gritty film despite its visual beauty. Be prepared for a John Waters-level of vomiting, shit-smearing, rotting food, and all manners of torture.
Why Today?: Today is Book Lover’s Day.