The Wife



Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Alix Wilton Regan, Max Irons, Christian Slater, Elizabeth McGovern

Director: Bjorn Runge

Running Time: 100 minutes

Certificate: 15 - strong language, sex references

Country: Sweden/UK/USA

Format: 2D

"This is an unmissable movie for Glenn Close fans. Actually, you can’t watch it without being a fan."
-Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"Resentment and vindication make Close’s performance electric, her moments on screen practically vibrating with thinly but imperviously veiled emotion."
- Gabriella Geisinger, Daily Express

"Director Björn Runge’s stark palate contrasts with the pleasingly juicy story, but it’s Close’s remarkable performance that makes this drama shine."
- Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro

"Close gives a performance that demands the Oscar voters consider her for a seventh time, and with Pryce matching her barb for barb, this is a heavyweight piece of theatre that grips whenever they’re on screen."
- David Hughes, Empire Magazine

"An intelligent drama that treats its disempowered heroine with the respect she deserves."
- Manuela Lazic, Little White Lies

"Slater gives what could have been a stereotypical role plenty of spark, and his scenes with Close are riveting."
- Anna Smith, Time Out

"Pryce is on fearless form, boldly inhabiting a character with a monstrous carapace and...soft, shriveled insides. While Close is ineffably good, playing the still-simmering centre of a cruel, capricious world."
- Kevin Maher, Times

"The glittering, frozen quality of [Close’s] performance is as mesmeric as it is mysterious."
- Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

"Glenn Close is the smartest actor on screen at the moment."
- Mark Kermode

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.


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