The Wife

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  100 min.
In theatres:
September 21, 2018 - Toronto, Vancouver
September 28, 2018 - Montréal
DVD/Blu-ray: January 22, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.95
based on 44 votes and 12 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 "Finally a grown up movie, no violence, slashing, blood or gore, just people, relationships and acting. There was excessive language, which was 't necessary, all in all, good drama."
  • 4 stars "Very good movie with an all too common theme of women making moves while pushing men forward for all the acknowledgment of said moves."
  • 5 stars "The Wife is an excellent story about a wife who" was a silent kingmaker". The story started in the 50's when her disorganized college professor husband needed her badly. Unfortunately, some issues still ring true in these modern times. Glen Close is superb!"