The Wife

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date:
September 21, 2018 - Toronto, Vancouver
September 28, 2018 - Montréal
DVD: January 29, 2019
Blu-ray: January 29, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 4.14
based on 60 votes and 16 reviews
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Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd


In 1993, Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) is told he is going to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in honor of his career. His devoted wife, Joan (Glenn Close), accompanies him to Stockholm for the award ceremony, where she meets a journalist, Nathaniel (Christian Slater). Nathaniel, hoping to write a biography on Joe, presses Joan for details of his life and information about when the two first met.

In the late 1950s, Joe was a creative writing professor and Joan was his student. The two began a passionate affair that would lead to a 40-year marriage in which Joan sacrificed her own writing talent to support that of her husband.

Back in 1993, Joan begins to question her life choices leading up to this point, particularly excusing his infidelities and abandoning her own dreams and ambitions for the sake of his. Soon her support for his Nobel Prize sours as she sees it to be the epitome of every sacrifice she has ever made in order for Joe to succeed.

Based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer.

Director: Björn Runge
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Piers Tempest, Meta Louise Foldager, Rosalie Swedlin, Claudia Bluemhuber, Peter Gustafsson
Screenplay: Jane Anderson

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  • 4 stars "Very well acted idea, but it gets too predictable past a certain point. If nothing, just watching Glenn Close and Jonathan Price is worth the time it takes to watch."
  • 5 stars "Quiet and powerful film about the marriage of a Nobel Prize winner and his wife, Glen Close. She should win the Oscar for this subtle and exquisite performance. I suspect there will be women who will look at their own marriages after seeing this film. Beautifully filmed, great script and fine actor. Highly recommend it."
  • 5 stars "Powerful and gripping. Early part of movie is slow and deliberate until it builds to a ferocious heart stopping climax. Not hard to understand all the accolades that Close has received. Pryce and all the performers are terrific. Fine script and wonderful direction. You have to give it time to unfold but if you do you won’t be disappointed. One of the best of the year."