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. She has ignored infidelities and excuses because of his art with undiminished grace and humour. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises. But Joan has reached her breaking 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.
“Some of the very best screen performances only fully reveal themselves on second viewing. Take Glen Close in The Wife, an intriguing (if occasionally contrived) tragicomic drama lifted shoulder high by the six-time Oscar nominee in one of her most deliciously complex roles. When it comes to portraying conflicting emotions, Close has always been in a class of her own, thanks to her kaleidoscopically expressive eyes and precise physical gestures. But rarely has her ability to tell two stories with a single look been more astutely employed than in this elegantly melancholy portrait of a marriage in crisis.”
Mark Kermode The Guardian ****
Based on the best-selling book by Meg Wolitzer, The Wife is poignant, funny and compelling, with Glenn Close delivering one of the finest performances of her remarkable career, which won her a Golden Globe
★★★★★ “…a smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film, and Close gives a wonderful star turn.” – The Guardian, Toronto International Film Festival 2017
” … this is a quality picture which should appeal to arthouse audiences…” – Screen International, Toronto International Film Festival 2017