The Wife

Opens Sep 14, 2018

After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan (Glenn Close) and Joe (Jonathan Pryce) are complements: Where Joe is brash, Joan is shy. 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, keeping the household running smoothly, the adult children in close contact, and Joe's pills dispensed on schedule. At times, a restless discontentment can be glimpsed beneath Joan's smoothly decorous surface, but her natural dignity and keen sense of humor carry her through. Joe and Joan first met in the late 1950s, when she was a demure Smith student and he, her (married) creative writing teacher. The Wife interweaves the midcentury 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 genuine, mutual love.

Based on the bestselling novel by Meg Wolitzer.

"A tense, finely wrought chamber piece. Welsh actor Pryce (Game of Thrones) is fantastic — a fussy, adulterous egoist in the Great Man mold of Norman Mailer or Philip Roth, with his own touchingly real frailties. But the movie belongs to Close, whose face is a marvel of emotional intelligence and control; in the thrilling release of the revelatory final scenes, she's a hurricane." (Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly)