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Secrets lie between the lines.
Scoring a Golden Globe for her performance, Glenn Close decides to leave her husband (Jonathan Pryce) while travelling in Europe in this drama based on Meg Wolitzer's novel.
After spending forty years sacrificing her dreams to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Pryce) and his literary career, fed-up wife Joan (Close) decides to end their relationship on the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize win.
Best Performance (Glenn Close), Golden Globes 2019
- Björn Runge('Daybreak', 'Mouth to Mouth', 'Happy End')
- Jane Anderson (based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer)
Rating: M Offensive language & sexual references
Based on Meg Woltizer’s 2003 novel of the same name, The Wife follows Joan Castleman and her novelist husband Joe as they travel to Stockholm so that he can be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. A veritable power couple, Joan is to Joe the ultimate alpha wife and the cornerstone of their family - yet, as we flash back to their courtship when Joan was an impressionable and gifted young writing student and Joe her married English professor, it quickly becomes apparent that things between the pair (and Joe’s much lauded body of work) are not what they seem.
In the wake of last year’s Harvey Weinstein allegations and the #MeToo movement, conversations around the recognition and value of women’s labour are finally being had, and to these The Wife makes a thoughtful and engaging contribution. Played with subtle brilliance by Glenn Close (and, in flashback, by her real-life daughter Annie Starke), Joan’s plight will be a familiar one for women used to the everyday trade-offs of professional life - and by laying out the long-term consequences of one such compromise, The Wife offers a truly cutting critique of the men who exploit them.
As grim as this may sound, however, Joan is never portrayed as a victim – on the contrary, as she comes to terms with the extent to which she has been wronged, so too do Joan’s qualities of strength and resilience reveal themselves.
The Wife may be a rumination on the short-changing of women in their professional and personal lives, but a nuanced and cautiously optimistic one – positing, almost radically, that it is never too late for women to take control.
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Great film acting
Paul A Willis
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is an extraordinary movie about an extremely intense subject, about creativity, dedication, identity, marriage but mostly about the paradoxes of being a human being. it could have been heavy but to me it was not. I was continually surprized in each moment of watching Glen Close’s performance Price was excellent as was the rest of the cast but it was close’s film. And watching her was a revelation of honest response without a moment of excess, or hesitation or indulgence. She was present. i am fascinated but struggle watching movies with human
betrayal and agonizing struggle; this had both. Yet I forgot this was a drama, I forgot to be concerned, I watched with the wonder of great drama and the delight of great comedy.
congradulations for this film.
Powerhouse performances; captivating story
Close at her absolute best! The way she embodies Joan, the seemingly composed, but unmistakably repressed wife literary star, Joe Castleton (Pryce, who also achieves a stellar performance) is captivating from the opening to closing titles. The film is also evocative of the issues and themes highlighted by the Times Up movement. However, the subtle complexities and shades of grey of Joan's self-identification as 'The Wife' make this a far from predictable story.