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The Wife (2017)

Director:
Björn Runge
COUNTRY
Sweden
United Kingdom
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Wife
RUNNING TIME
100 minutes
Producer:
Rosalie Swedlin
Meta Louise Foldager
Piers Tempest
Piodor Gustafsson
Claudia Bluemhube
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer):
Jane Anderson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Joan Castleman Glenn Close ½
Professor Joe Castleman Jonathan Pryce ½
Nathaniel Bone Christian Slater
David Castleman Max Irons
Young Joan Castleman Annie Starke
Young Joe Castleman Harry Lloyd
Elaine Mozell Elizabeth McGovern
Susannah Castleman Alix Wilton Regan

 

Review

With its Bergmanesque delve into a highly interesting married life of the now ageing renowned novelist Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) and his wife Joan (Glenn Close), The Wife is a traditional human drama with some original ideas and room for a multitude of interpretations. The film is a perfect swan song for Close and Pryce who play off of each other and remind us how even after several decades of marriage, old patterns prevail and our immature, unsecure, seflish selves are unveiled in front of our mates from time to time. There's nothing even slighly abnormal about Joe and Joan, and still their exceptional life-choices have put them in a highly abnormal situation from which there may not be a way out. Björn Runge's well-balanced direction gives both room for reflection and hilarity, including a dab at the stilted Swedish Academy. Christian Slater gives a fun supporting performance as an importune biographer. That woman playing the young Joan is Glenn Close's real-life daughter. Expect a handful of nominations for Close during the award season.

Copyright © 02.01.2019 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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