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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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Glenn Close Praises the Women Who Made ‘The Wife’

Golden Globe-winner Glenn Close takes a moment to thank the women who helped The Wife get made, while director Björn Runge reveals why Close was pivotal to making the movie.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Joan Castleman
Jonathan Pryce ... Joe Castleman
Max Irons ... David Castleman
Christian Slater ... Nathaniel Bone
Harry Lloyd ... Young Joe Castleman
Annie Starke ... Young Joan Castleman
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. Lindelof
Peter Forbes Peter Forbes ... James Finch
Fredric Gildea Fredric Gildea ... Mr. Lagerfelt (as Fredrik Gildea)
Jane Garda 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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Drama

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Sweden | USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

22 November 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

La esposa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$108,284, 19 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,415,211, 17 January 2019
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Joe Castleman: So if I'm such a talentless piece of fucking shit, why the fuck did you marry me?
Joan Castleman: I don't know.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 9 January 2019 (2019) See more »

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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)
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Nutshell review: 10/10
7 August 2018 | by guymdbSee all my reviews

This is an exceptionally compelling critique of patriarchal society, and plays out like one of the great feminist tracts. The couple's surname is Castleman (the man of the castle). The acting is sensational from everyone, especially the two leads. I don't think Jonathan Pryce is getting enough credit for his performance: in some ways he has the harder role as the supreme manipulator. And the beautiful Glenn Close gives a heartbreaking Oscar-worthy portrayal of dutiful simmering repression and inequality. Without wanting to give too much away, there is a twist which could've seemed far-fetched were it not so well-handled. A clever, emotionally draining watch that'll stay with you long afterwards. 10/10.


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