The Wife, starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, directed by Bjorn Runge with screenplay by Jane Anderson, adapted from the novel by Meg Wolitzer, premiered today to rave reviews and a current 94% Rotten Tomato score. Also starring Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd and Annie Starke and distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, the drama originally premiered at 2017’s Toronto Film Festival.
Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers gave the film four stars, declares “You can’t take your eyes off (Close),” while Deadline’s Pete Hammond says The Wife might be Close’s “greatest big-screen performance,” adding “The film is equally as good as its star, a movie that is as timely and compelling as they come.”
After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Close and Pryce) 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.
The Wife was produced by Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber, Rosalie Swedlin for Anonymous Content, Meta Film’s Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford for Tempo Productions and co-produced by Spark Film & TV’s Piodor Gustafsson.