A warning to Harry Potter fans: if you are a sensitive soul with deep emotional ties to everybody’s favorite gay and aged wizard, Albus Dumbledore, you might do well to avoid Peter Greenaway’s seriously twisted 1989 black comedy The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover starring Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon because it is entirely likely your world view vis the aforementioned magical headmaster will be changed entirely until the last, or at least next to last, trumpet.
For the rest of you, seriously consider renting this flick. The costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier are (not unlike Gaultier himself) sick and magnificent, and the rest of the film follows, er, suit. Witness Helen Mirren’s red dress, perfectly matching the oppressive red dining room of Le Hollandais, lose all as she enters the stark white restroom, and of course the birdcage corset dress that made such a scandal on the theatrical release photos.
Chock full of obscene food, fashion and sex, The Cook also holds the dubious honor of being the only movie I had to watch over the course of two nights because the damn thing disturbed me so much.