The Wife

Sweden, United Kingdom 2017
In English with Finnish and Swedish subtitles
101 min
For audiences aged 7 and above
Director: Björn Runge
Screenplay: Jane Anderson based on the novel by the same name by Meg Wolitzer
Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Annie Starke, Harry Lloyd, Max Irons, Elizabeth McGovern
Production: Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen / Meta Film London, Anonymous Content
Print Source: SF Studios

"There’s nothing more dangerous than a writer whose feelings have been hurt.” The speaker is Joan Castleman, the charming, enigmatically discreet and supportive wife of world-famous author and New York literary lion Joe Castleman. It is a fascinating and bravura performance from Glenn Close, in this hugely enjoyable dark comedy from director Björn Runge, adapted by Jane Anderson from the novel by Meg Wolitzer. Perhaps it’s Close’s career-best – unnervingly subtle, unreadably calm, simmering with self-control. Her Joan is a study in marital pain, deceit and the sexual politics of prestige. It’s a portrayal to put alongside Close’s appearances in Dangerous Liaisons and Fatal Attraction. This is an unmissable movie for Glenn Close fans. Actually, you can’t watch it without becoming a fan – if you weren’t one already.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian