The Wife (2017)
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, insecure, selfish selves are unveiled in front of our mates from time to time. There's nothing even slightly 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.