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Based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer, The Wife tells the story of Joan Castleman (Glenn Close), a brilliant woman who has spent decades forfeiting her own talent and dreams to support the successful literary career of her husband, Joe (Jonathan Pryce). As they travel to Stockholm in 1992 (allowing a reference to the Clintons that does not go unnoticed) to accept Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, Joan encounters journalist Nathaniel Boone (Christian Slater). Nathaniel, it seems, is researching a biography of Joe. When Boone begins to dig and asks Joan about a “beautifully written” story she penned in college and what encouragement Joe provided, Joan’s façade begins to crack. Later, when Joan witnesses the sexism inherent in the Nobel Prize process – and we flash back to her years as a student and learn how she took on the role she’s been playing for years – the façade crumbles and there is no turning back. Directed by Bjorne Runge and adapted for the screen by Jane Anderson. Also starring Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, Annie Starke, and Alix Wilton Regan.
- Glenn Close
- Jonathan Pryce
- Max Irons
- Christian Slater
- Harry Lloyd
- Annie Starke
- Elizabeth McGovern
- Johan Widerberg
- Karin Franz Körlof
- Richard Cordery
Did You Know?
- Christian Slater and Glenn Close were seen filming at Glasgow Kelvin College Springburn Campus.
- An aerial shot of Stockholm shows a long, blue bus on a street. That type of bus was not yet in service in 1992.
- Joan Castleman: I am a kingmaker.
Atom User Reviews
Captures the feminine paradox of being complicit in your own intellectual exploitation for the sake of family and dignity- and yes, a complex sort of love
if Glenn Close doesn't get the Oscar, the whole thing is b*******
I wouldn’t call The Wife middling, exactly—but for all its soapy seriousness, it can’t match the genuine heft of Close’s craftwork.
Like a bomb ticking away toward detonation, Glenn Close commands the center of The Wife: still, formidable and impossible to look away from.
Despite high quality performances from Close and Pryce, the film leaves us with question marks over the credibility of the central scenario.