The Wife

R, 100 minutes

 

Adapted by screenwriter Jane Anderson (The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio; Olive Kitteridge) from Meg Wolitzer’s witty and acclaimed novel of the same name, THE WIFE examines forty years of give and take (and take and give some more) between literary lion Joe Castleman, played by Jonathan Pryce, and the person who knows him best, supports him steadfastly, resents him deeply, and possibly loves him anyway: his wife Joan, played by Glenn Close. Through different times and different mores — from the 1950s and ‘60s of the Castlemans’ youth, to the 1990s of their mature relationship and its high-profile crisis moment at the Nobel Prize award ceremony, and up to our current-day perspective — we observe two talented and ambitious lifelong partners reckoning with power dynamics between men and women that continue to bedevil us today. It’s a timeless but also very timely subject. (2018, Björn Runge, U.S., English, CC available, 100 min., R, DCP)

 

“The Wife offers viewers a chance to observe one of the finest — and most criminally underpraised — actresses of her generation working at the very top of her shrewd, subtle, superbly self-controlled game.” — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“[A]s the title character, Glenn Close is subtly devastating, indicating a lifetime of repression and resentment in just the slightest wry smile or withering glance. Close and Jonathan Pryce have crackling chemistry with each other, the two veteran actors enjoying snappy banter and enduring lacerating battles.” — Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com

“The Wife pulls off the not inconsiderable feat of spinning a fundamentally literary premise into an intelligent screen drama that unfolds with real juice and suspense.” — Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times


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