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The Wife

  • Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater
  • Director: Björn Runge
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 100 min.

After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. 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. [Sony Pictures Classics]

"It is a smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film, and Close gives a wonderful star turn. "
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"Like a bomb ticking away toward detonation, Glenn Close commands the center of The Wife: still, formidable and impossible to look away from."
- Jon Frosch, Hollywood Reporter
"[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."
- Andrew Barker, Variety
"Runge is very good with actors. It's a pleasure simply to watch Close and Pryce establish such minute and careful gradations of happiness, desolation and exasperation in their scenes together."
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"'The Wife' offers viewers a chance to observe one of the finest - and most criminally underpraised - actresses of her generation working at the very top of her shrewd, subtle, superbly self-controlled game."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"'The Wife' pulls off the not inconsiderable feat of spinning a fundamentally literary premise into an intelligent screen drama that unfolds with real juice and suspense."
- Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"You can't take your eyes off Glenn Close. Her tour-de-force as a long-suffering spouse who hits her breaking point might just get her the Oscar that has unfairly eluded her so far. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone