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The movie is grand, even if beyond shocking,
This review is from: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)Shock.
That is the first rection to many of the scenes. However, it does not - or should not - matter.
I would suggest seeing this movie without expecting anything in particular, just drowning in the colours, moods, music, and emotions. And I wouldn't suggest looking for hidden meanings - this is obviously not a symbolic movie. It is one of those that you don't have to understand, just experience.
You will probably be tempted to leave midway, but it is the stunning final scene that brings the movie to an instinctively perfect conclusion.
Some people say you have to be a freak to like the movie. They ignore the fact that Greenaway is playing with our emotions, combining perfect elements of cinematography to create a grotesque contrast between strange calmness, anger, hate, caring, and, without doubt, shock.
I think what frightens people about this movie is that they can see something familiar even in the pit of madness.