Nov. 1: The Wife
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Director: Björn Runge
English; 100 minutes
Rating: 14A (for language and some sexual content)
Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and Joan (Glenn Close) Castleman appear to have a perfect marriage. They’re both delighted to hear that Joe is being given the Nobel Prize for Literature. But from the moment the couple arrives in Stockholm for the prize ceremony, tensions rise,
as the normally shy Joan is pushed uncomfortably into the spotlight where long-kept secrets are in danger of being illuminated. Focusing on unspoken agreements and long-simmering resentments, The Wife is an incisive study of celebrity, marriage, and the creative process.
[Close] is a marvel of twisty understatement here, delivering emotions that conceal as much as they reveal, and offering onion-like layers that invite repeat viewings in light of some of the film’s later revelations.
Andrew Barker, Variety
The sort of detailed, A-level film that earns a viewer’s respect for its
intelligence in a marketplace of mind-numbing hoopla.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Pryce and Close perform with and for each other, rather than the camers, in ways that go beyond mere chemistry between actors. It’s as if they are working together on a single, unified performance.
Rob Thomas, Capital Times