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The Wife (2017)

R | | Drama | 28 September 2018 (UK)
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A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Director:

Björn Runge (as Björn L Runge)

Writers:

Jane Anderson (screenplay by), Meg Wolitzer (based on the novel "The Wife" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Joan Castleman
Jonathan Pryce ... Joe Castleman
Max Irons ... David Castleman
Christian Slater ... Nathanial Bone
Harry Lloyd ... Young Joe
Annie Starke ... Young Joan
Elizabeth McGovern ... Elaine Mozell
Johan Widerberg ... Walter Bark
Karin Franz Körlof ... Linnea
Richard Cordery Richard Cordery ... Hal Bowman
Jan Mybrand ... Arvid Engdahl
Anna Azcárate ... Mrs. Lindelöf (as Anna Azcarate)
Peter Forbes Peter Forbes ... James Finch
Fredric Gildea Fredric Gildea ... Mr Lagerfelt (as Fredrik Gildea)
Jane Garda ... Constance Finch
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Storyline

Behind any great man, there's always a greater woman - and you're about to meet her. Joan Castleman (Glenn Close): a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty - the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his "art" with grace and humour. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises. And Joan's reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan's coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career. Written by anonymous

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Secrets lie between the lines. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Sweden | USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wife See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$108,284, 19 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,578,350, 21 March 2019
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Though set in Stockholm, the majority of the film was shot in Glasgow. See more »

Goofs

The Nobel dinner always takes place in The Blue hall in Stockholm City hall, and this looks distinctly different from the room used here. See more »

Quotes

Elaine Mozell: The public can't stomach bold prose from a woman.
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Nobelfanfar
Written by Stig Rydqvist
Performed by Olle Hermansen, Mikael Hermansen
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Excellent dual character study
16 February 2019 | by joelbrandt2See all my reviews

A rich and uniquely set dual-character study, written with nuance and wonderfully acted. Small establishing scenes convey subtle dynamics (see arriving at the hotel), long scenes of dialogue mesmerize with both simmering and overflowing tension (see drinks with Nathanial; the post-acorn blow-up then amazing switch to happy phone call), and flashbacks add intrigue to the present-day plot (though it's mostly dissolved with the final breakdown-the film should've ended with the award presentation).


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