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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.

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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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Behind any great man, there's always a greater woman See more »

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

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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:

$9,141,566, 14 February 2019
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce were spotted on Cadogan Street, Glasgow, filming a scene in a black limousine on 29-30 November 2016. 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

Joan Castleman: I am a kingmaker.
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Med Piano 2
Written by Linda Spjut
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The Humble Spouse
29 January 2019 | by foutainoflifeSee all my reviews

A woman who has faithfully supported her husband's literary success by quietly taking care of the small things that make him shine begins to examine her role when he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Glenn Close gives a wonderful performance in this film. She did an amazing job playing this stoic role of a humble wife. The story was well written. I guess that my only complaint would be the settings. I didn't find the settings to be very engaging. It may be that the settings were meant to be understated to help bring out the mundane in Glenn Close's character's life. Regardless, it was something I noticed.

My final thoughts are that this film is a look at advantageous relationships that are unbalanced. Why is that ok? Is it due to admiration, love, or altruism? If you are looking for a movie that explores these issues this film is it.


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