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The Wife (2017)

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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

Credited cast:
Elizabeth McGovern ... Elaine Mozell
Christian Slater ... Nathaniel Bone
Glenn Close ... Joan Castleman
Max Irons ... David Castleman
Jonathan Pryce ... Joe Castleman
Harry Lloyd ... Young Joe Castleman
Morgane Polanski ... Lorraine
Alix Wilton Regan ... Susannah Castleman
Annie Starke ... Young Joan Castleman
Karin Franz Körlof ... Linnea
Grainne Keenan ... Carol Castleman
Nick Fletcher ... King Gustav
Michael Benz ... White
Twinnie Lee Moore ... Monica
Carolin Stoltz ... Hotel Nurse
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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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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Sweden | USA

Language:

English

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:

$7,343,742, 18 October 2018
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2.35 : 1
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When the film was originally announced, Frances McDormand, Logan Lerman, and Brit Marling were part of the cast. When production finally began, though, all three had dropped out and were replaced by Elizabeth McGovern, Max Irons, and Annie Starke, respectively. See more »

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Joan Castleman: I am a kingmaker.
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Let's Fly Away
Performed by Joel Evans Big Band featuring Patrick Tuzzolino
Written by Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans) & Julius Robinson
Published by One Hundred Percent Publishing (BMI) & Project R Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Noma Music & Capp Records Inc.
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Oscar worthy drivel.
25 September 2018 | by cmaj-50574See all my reviews

To say that this is a difficult film to like is an understatement. It is a challenge to watch any dysfunctional family spat for a few minutes let alone to pay to sit through nearly two hours of humorless dialogue while Glen Close broods throughout in endless close-ups. She will most likely get an Oscar nomination but after seeing the film you will, like me, wonder why. There is nothing uplifting, inspirational or redeeming in this film. There is zero chemistry between Close and Price and it shows in the final edit. The talents of Christian Slater are wasted. The relationships are actually painful to watch and none of the characters are either likable nor do they generate any empathy or sympathy from the audience. When the film ended we all just sat in stunned silence, stunned that we were deceived into believing this might be a good movie.


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