The Wife


D: Björn Runge

Sony/Anonymous Content/Tempo/Silver Reel/Spark (Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager, Piers Tempest, Piodor Gustafsson & Claudia Bluemhube)

Sweden/UK/USA 2017 (released 2018)

100 mins


W: Jane Anderson [based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer]

DP: Ulf Brantås

Ed: Lena Runge

Mus: Jocelyn Pook

Glenn Close (Joan Castleman), Jonathan Pryce (Joseph Castleman), Christian Slater (Nathaniel Bone), Max Irons (David Castleman), Elizabeth McGovern (Elaine Mozell), Annie Starke (Young Joan), Harry Lloyd (Young Joseph)

The Wife is a rather stolid drama which is only really worth watching for Glenn Close's excellent performance.

She plays Joan Castleman, the wife of narcissistic professor Joseph Castleman, whom she travels to Stockholm with as he prepares to receive a Nobel Prize for his services to literature.

In the build-up to the ceremony, it emerges that Joseph's work was actually ghost-written by Joan, who has never received her due credit for the work, culminating in her admitting that she considers the marriage a sham and contemplates divorce.

The material would work better as a stage play rather than a film, but it's still worth a watch simply for the good performances. Glenn Close won a Golden Globe award for her work, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.


Glenn Close in The Wife
Glenn Close in The Wife