To make an omelette…
…. you have to break a few eggs. And Phantom Thread put a new spin on omelette making! Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, and socialites in the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
Having hooked her man partly by serving one of the thinnest actors in the world one of the largest breakfasts ever seen, we find Reynolds reverting to old habits and beginning to drift away from his newly acquired muse.
In order to keep him firmly at her side, Alma occasionally poisons him by fixing an omelette with poisoned mushrooms and then nursing him back to health. (This makes a bit more sense when you watch the film!)
Many of us were perplexed by this complicated film, but it definitely stays in the mind, and, without doubt, will cause a slight hesitation in all those who saw it the next time they are offered a mushroom omelette!
On June 4 th Peter’s Picturehouse will be showing Woman in Gold – Helen Mirren plays Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee who takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Doors open: 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start.