• The Wife (2018)

The Wife

Release Date: August 17th, 2018

DVD Release Date: January 29th, 2019

R |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Joan and Joe remain complements after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as the great American novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of a great man's wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan starts to think about the shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.

Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Annie Starke, Harry Lloyd, Max Irons, Alix Wilton Regan, Karin Franz Körlof

Director: Björn Runge

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Anonymous Content, Meta Film

Keywords: House, Love, Rise, Brooding, 2010s, Emotional, Underdog, Sacrifice, Husband, Wife, Rousing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Wendy IdeScreen International

    Despite high quality performances from Close and Pryce, the film leaves us with question marks over the credibility of the central scenario. show more

  • 80
    Jon FroschThe Hollywood Reporter

    Like a bomb ticking away toward detonation, Glenn Close commands the center of The Wife: still, formidable and impossible to look away from. show more

  • 70
    Richard LawsonVanity Fair

    I wouldn’t call The Wife middling, exactly—but for all its soapy seriousness, it can’t match the genuine heft of Close’s craftwork. show more

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Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2019)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)