The Wife


After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman complement each other. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950. The Wife interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later-a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

Critics Views

“It is a smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film, and Close gives a wonderful star turn.” The Guardian

“As fraught with drama as this powder keg of heightened circumstances may be, make no mistake, The Wife is more than an actor’s showcase. The film itself is superb, a ticking time-bomb of simmering tension which benefits from the audience knowing as little as possible in advance.” The Film Stage

“Close is absolutely mesmerising as the woman who gives every appearance of standing faithfully by her man, yet with myriad subtle looks and glances suggests a lifetime of simmering discontent.” Radio Times

Film Rating

 Critics: 77%  Audience 73%

Rotten Tomatoes
All Critics positive review 85%  All Critics average score 71%  Audience Liked It 78%

 Stockbridge Audience Score: TBC

No. of responses:-
Very Poor

Date: Wednesday 20 February 2019

Time: 4.30pm and 7.30pm

Length:  1hr 40min

Genre: Drama

Director: Bjorn Runge

Writers: Screenplay: Jane Anderson based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer

Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce

Rating: 15
Strong language, sex references

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