The Wife

2018 • 100 minutes
15 reviews
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About this movie

Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to support her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his stellar literary career. Ignoring infidelities and excuses made in the cause of his art, she has put up with his behaviour with undiminished grace and humour. The foundations of their marriage have, however, been built upon a set of uneven compromises and Joan has reached a turning point. On the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel rewarding a spectacular body of work, Joan will confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and some long-buried secrets. Based on the bestselling book by Meg Wolitzer, The Wife is a poignant, funny and emotional journey, a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation, featuring a stunning cast that also includes Max Irons, Annie Starke, Harry Lloyd, Elizabeth McGovern and Christian Slater.

Ratings and reviews

15 reviews
A Google user
April 1, 2019
A load of piffle. It is full of inconsistencies of character, obvious, difficult to believe and trite. On the "positive" side, it has provided us with a lot of material for a discussion about what a bad narrative and film look like. I recommend giving this film a miss. Some of the points about relationships hold a very dim glimmer of promise, but the movie does not manage to pull it off.
Jason Day
September 20, 2020
Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce are on steely, commanding form in this marital strife drama. All eyes and ears will be on Close though, who excels at the small touches expressing emotions that appear with more impact on the big screen. Passive aggression, resentment, disappointment. For more, read the full review:
Sarah Falk-Page or Ansari-Page
March 28, 2019
Surprising & well satisfied with the way a very sensitive subject or subjects are dealt with... Women's "unsung heroic"subjective but, supporting roles in the lives of their 'A (list) alpha/type' male husbands'. & then after a long life of being the 2nd, they are suddenly set free by the husband(s) demise & then they find themselves unable to break free entirely from their obligations & honour of his reputation & life's work. They are simply... "The Wife".