The Wife

Release Date: August 17th, 2018

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: Sony Pictures Classics, Meta Film, Anonymous Content

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

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

  • 86
    Todd GilchristTheWrap

    What ultimately works most profoundly for the film is that its intimacy, its specificity, feels less like the culmination of Joan’s life experiences and more like an epiphany, or maybe an origin story, for what’s yet to come from her. 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

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