The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) - Plot Summary Poster

Plot Summary

  • The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism.

    - Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>
  • The cruel and sadistic crime boss Albert Spica has dinner every night in his restaurant with his wife Georgina Spica and his gang. Albert abuses his wife, his gangsters, the chef Richard Borst and the restaurant employees. When Georgina meets the gentle bookseller Michael in the restaurant, they have a torrid affair in the restroom and in the store, and they are covered by Richard. However the prostitute Pat discloses to Albert that he has been betrayed by Georgina and Albert kills Michael. However Georgina plots revenge against Albert with the support of Richard and the victims of Albert.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.

    - Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@imdb.com>


The film opens with a London gangster, Albert Spica, arriving at his posh restaurant, La Hollandais...

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