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: 4.15
based on 56 votes and 15 reviews
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Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd

Synopsis

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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  • 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."
  • 4 stars "his is a terrific movie and captures the nuance of a complex relationship. Relationships generally tend to be complex. Both Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce are fabulous in the lead roles. I have two big problems with the movie. 1) Glenn Close is too damn old, and LOOKS too damn old to match the storyline. Her character, Joan was a student who fell for her married professor (Pryce). He's gotta be at a minimum of 5 years older than her, but it looks like the opposite. When the Christian Slater character was flirting with her, it was creepy. She's 71, FFS!!! Can't tell you about 2) without giving away too much, but the basic premise of the film is implausible. Very much so. Still...…………………………………….81/100"