The Wife

The Wife

DVD - 2019
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MPAA rating: R; language and some sexual content.
After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe's literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950s. The Wife interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later--a lifetime's shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

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uncommonreader
Sep 02, 2019

The plot twist was both obvious and improbable. The story was set in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s on the east coast of the US, a period of great social change. Are we to believe that an intelligent woman was impervious to the world around her. As well, many of the characterizations, such as the son, were simply cliched.

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dirtbag
Aug 24, 2019

No action at all, but an amazing movie with amazing acting.

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jmmReads
Aug 19, 2019

Wow. The story line was expertly unfolded, kudos to the screenwriter and director. But that pales in comparison to Ms. Close's performance. I don't remember seeing an actress express so much with the look of her eye's, the set of her jaw or the turn of head since Helen Hayes told the audience she was pregnant by the way she watched a departing train in "A Farewell to Arms".

I would love to debate the motivations of her character, and the dynamics of the relationship she had with her husband, but to even begin down that path would spoil the experience for the next viewer.

A must watch for a mature audience; not because of language or sexual situations, but without a few years of experience under your belt, it would be far too easy to misunderstand what is happening.

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darcerama
Aug 12, 2019

Watch this if only for the *amazing* performance by Glenn Close as the Wife. She has much less dialogue than her counterpart husband (Jonathan Pryce), and yet conveys epic amounts of information.

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ilovewhippets
Aug 03, 2019

A really enjoyable, well-acted, worthwhile story and movie! An interesting topic that is worth of discussion!
I am impressed by the quality of the actors and by the Director's work!

ArapahoeRead Jul 16, 2019

Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce deliver outstanding performances in this interesting film that touches on a variety of concepts, including creativity and marriage. Not a plot-heavy film, but one that will appeal to fans of complex characters and relationships.

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chriscoleman
Jun 29, 2019

Watchable but depressing. Entirely filmed in Sweden. It's about an older couple in their twilight years. He wins a Nobel prize for literature that pretty much everyone in the writing community knows belongs to his wife who is his ghostwriter. This is revealed up front. The rest of the film is about his numerous affairs with women young enough to be his grandchildren and the price she paid for being his wife.

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LostWages
Jun 21, 2019

It's been said that "writers must write." Be aware of the pivotal line "writers must be read" uttered by the immensely talented Elizabeth McGovern in her solo scene.

Released around Oscar season, this Glenn Close vehicle had many elements in common with most movies dismissed as Oscar bait, like star-heavy ensemble casts, showcase scenes for the stars and heavy marketing campaigns ("the perfect '#MeToo' film").

And in spite of a good story saddled and rode hard with a so-so script, Ms. Close deftly delivered stellar acting chops throughout.

Watching Johnathan Pryce accidentally slip from a Yiddishy New Yorker accent into a screechy Scottish brogue during the melodramatic apex scene was forgivable, albeit unexpectedly entertaining.

Recommended highly for Glenn Close fans.

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QnVz
Jun 20, 2019

Goodness if the Wife did not have some twists and turns! We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Ky68RasK
Jun 14, 2019

Splendid performance by Glenn Close. She really holds your attention.

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LostWages
Jun 22, 2019

The following book excerpts from author Meg Wolitzer should preface the movie, The Wife:

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“If you're so miserable,' my daughter said delicately, 'why don't you leave him?'

Oh my darling girl, I might have said, what a good question. In her worldview, bad marriages were simply terminated, like unwanted pregnancies. She knew nothing about this subculture of women who stayed, women who couldn't logically explain their allegiances, who held tight because it was the thing they felt most comfortable doing, the thing they actually liked. she didn't understand the luxury of the familiar, the known: the same hump of back poking up under the cover in bed, the hair tufting in the ear. The husband. A figure you never strove toward, never work yourself up over, but simply lived beside season upon season, which started building up like bricks spread thick with sloppy mortar. A marriage wall would rise up between the two of you, a marriage bed, and you would lie in it gratefully.”
― Meg Wolitzer, The Wife

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“Everyone needs a wife; even wives need wives. Wives tend, they hover. Their ears are twin sensitive instruments, satellites picking up the slightest scrape of dissatisfaction. Wives bring broth, we bring paper clips, we bring ourselves and our pliant, warm bodies. We know just what to say to the men who for some reason have a great deal of trouble taking consistent care of themselves or anyone else. “Listen,” we say. “Everything will be okay.” And then, as if our lives depend on it, we make sure it is.”
― Meg Wolitzer, The Wife

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whataread
Feb 24, 2019

A young woman with writing talent falls for her older male hotshot teacher, who gives off the air that he has it all figured out, the talent and depth, to write, when really, he has significant struggles. Together, she with her fears of not being recognized as a female writer, he with his inadequacies, they become a pair who write; He the public writer and she the ghost writer. They form an unspoken, covert alliance. He gains great recognition but forgets, fails, to recognize that his success is also hers. He does not remember their alliance. Her heart is broken. The distance that she experiences from him come to her in a series of stabs that accumulate to expose her truth.

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