The Wife

The Wife

DVD - 2019
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After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman 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 1950s. 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.


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2019 Academy Award Nominee for: Actress-Glenn Close.

2019 Academy Award Nominee for: Actress-Glenn Close.

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VaughanPLDonnalee Mar 25, 2020

This is a riveting drama highlighted by Glenn Close's powerful performance. The story of Glenn Close's long-suffering and self-sacrificing wife is a slow build. The tension keeps building, however, until it reaches a dramatic climax. I have seen some other reviewers who couldn't understand why Glenn Close's character would make such a sacrifice and do it for so long, but I understood her character. How many women have sacrificed and diminished their own dreams, their own ambitions, their own voices, out of a sense of duty and in order to keep the peace in their personal situation? While this specific situation was particularly dramatic, this type of personal sacrifice on behalf of women is sadly very common. I thought it was a very good film and Glenn Close was outstanding.

Mar 08, 2020

Nicely acted and edited. Plot is somewhat predictable but enjoyable for us.

Feb 17, 2020

A bit on the slow snore side at the start, until a deep secret emerged that highlighted an outrageous gender inequality. It explained the leading lady's reined in emotions (akin to a muffled volcano).
Glen Close had a few crackling later scenes. Oscar nominee performance, but maybe not winner.

Feb 07, 2020

So, this woman, Glen Closed's character, when she is young and cute and energetic, steals another woman's husband and life, then when she's old she is all miserable and empty and full of repressed anger. That pretty much sums this story up. That is this tale's moral. Enough said.

Feb 03, 2020

If you like to watch old folks bicker and yell then this is for you. It could have been so much better.

Jan 19, 2020

A real gem of a film. Great story with terrific acting from suberb cast.

Jan 09, 2020

I don't want to give the story away, but, if anyone has ever done in their own life what Glenn Close does in this film, then watch out! Years of unhappiness and misery. The ending tells it all. Sometimes we do something for someone else, it goes on for years, and we only learn a very big, hard lesson about ourselves. The confrontation between these two actors is brutal but, finally, honest. Not pretty.

Jan 06, 2020

“In front of every great woman is a wheedling, incompetent, and wholly despicable man…” seems to be the message emanating throughout Björn Runge’s adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s novel; a passive-aggressive cliché of a film whose intense performances and pretty winter scenery don’t make it any less trite. Lacking the necessary onscreen chemistry together, Pryce and Close (who received a Best Actress nomination) do provide fiery albeit one-note performances: while he huffs and puffs and dawdles like a grey-haired peacock she simmers and boils through a series of interminable close-ups obviously meant to garner sympathy from the audience once the improbable twist is revealed. Irons, in his role as the couple's adult son, simply whines and pouts like a spoiled brat which makes his character all the more insufferable—his inferiority complex ridiculously highlighted when a fellow Nobel laureate introduces his own family of eggheads and PhDs. Once the script finally hits the fan however, complete with much spitting and hissing as husband and wife circle one another like tomcats, the movie hits its biggest pothole. Why does such a strong and independent woman wait forty years to assert herself against the narcissistic lothario she married? The aforementioned scenery is nice to look at though, and the weighty orchestral score can stand on its own merits. But the heavy-handed references to James Joyce (oh that final snowfall!) had me rolling my eyes.

LPL_TriciaK Dec 13, 2019

You've seen a lot of films about the unraveling of a family, but how many take place at a Nobel Prize awards week? With this kind of high-stakes setting,, the tension builds to an almost unbearable level, but Glen Close's performance keeps you from clicking the eject button.

Nov 30, 2019

Glen Close and Jonathan Pryce what more needs to be said. wonderful

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Jun 22, 2019

The following book excerpts from author Meg Wolitzer should preface the movie, The Wife:

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“If you're so miserable,' my daughter said delicately, 'why don't you leave him?'

Oh my darling girl, I might have said, what a good question. In her worldview, bad marriages were simply terminated, like unwanted pregnancies. She knew nothing about this subculture of women who stayed, women who couldn't logically explain their allegiances, who held tight because it was the thing they felt most comfortable doing, the thing they actually liked. she didn't understand the luxury of the familiar, the known: the same hump of back poking up under the cover in bed, the hair tufting in the ear. The husband. A figure you never strove toward, never work yourself up over, but simply lived beside season upon season, which started building up like bricks spread thick with sloppy mortar. A marriage wall would rise up between the two of you, a marriage bed, and you would lie in it gratefully.”
― Meg Wolitzer, The Wife

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“Everyone needs a wife; even wives need wives. Wives tend, they hover. Their ears are twin sensitive instruments, satellites picking up the slightest scrape of dissatisfaction. Wives bring broth, we bring paper clips, we bring ourselves and our pliant, warm bodies. We know just what to say to the men who for some reason have a great deal of trouble taking consistent care of themselves or anyone else. “Listen,” we say. “Everything will be okay.” And then, as if our lives depend on it, we make sure it is.”
― Meg Wolitzer, The Wife

Feb 24, 2019

A young woman with writing talent falls for her older male hotshot teacher, who gives off the air that he has it all figured out, the talent and depth, to write, when really, he has significant struggles. Together, she with her fears of not being recognized as a female writer, he with his inadequacies, they become a pair who write; He the public writer and she the ghost writer. They form an unspoken, covert alliance. He gains great recognition but forgets, fails, to recognize that his success is also hers. He does not remember their alliance. Her heart is broken. The distance that she experiences from him come to her in a series of stabs that accumulate to expose her truth.


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