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The Wife (2018)



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Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) is a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty - the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his "art" with grace and humor. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises and Joan's reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan's coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career. THE WIFE is a poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.


Glenn Close
as Joan Castleman
Jonathan Pryce
as Joe Castleman
Max Irons
as David Castleman
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Critic Reviews for The Wife

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Without Glenn Close, "The Wife" wouldn't be much to write home about.

September 22, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Like a bomb ticking away toward detonation, Glenn Close commands the center of The Wife: still, formidable and impossible to look away from.

September 16, 2017 | Full Review…

[Close] is a marvel of twisty understatement here, delivering emotions that conceal as much as they reveal, and offering onion-like layers that invite repeat viewings in light of some of the film's later revelations.

September 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Every moment that Close is on screen, she offers a devastating dissection of a woman sidelined for male glory, in what proves an all-too-recognisable situation.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

[Glenn] Close's opacity as an actress, the unknowability of that glacial face, has often been disguised by her sheer volume and ferocity in so many gorgon roles. Here in Joan's quieter less sinister register, she's spectacular.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Björn Runge is in no hurry to reveal his characters' faults or their history, letting his camera linger on Close and Pryce, so we can see the thoughts that swim on after the words die away.

September 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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