What impressed me the most the first time I saw the film many years ago is how well it plays with Biblical motives. Most of these characters are lifted from the Book of Revelation. The pregnant woman who flees in to the desert, the judgment day (the opening), Chaco as the dragon/beast who defiles the sacraments and destroys the holy and so forth. There are also parts from other books in the Bible, including the nativity scene.
The film does…
I just saw The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover again or as I would call it, The Church, The Devil, Mankind and Jesus Christ.
There are probably many ways to look at and read The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover but one of the most obvious one has to be a religious interpretation.
Through out the film a young boy with blond hair, who looks like a Cherub, sings verses from Psalm 51, where sins are…
Béla Tarr is a hit and miss with me. This is, IMO, his best film. Simplicity becomes him! We have everything from a Béla Tarr film here, the wind, things blowing all over the place, long takes, beautiful black and white cinematography, dirty people, even dirtier animals, repetition of things, filmed from a different view, hopelessness and a dystopian world. Here Tarr's style works perfectly for the story.
There are going to be SPOILERS from here on!!!
What we have…