After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. 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. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950. THE WIFE interweaves the 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 mutual love.
"It is a smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film, and Close gives a wonderful star turn." - The Guardian
"The Wife is visually arresting, but Runge wisely opts for a straightforward approach overall, giving center stage to the dialogue and the actors." - Chicago Sun-Times
"An unusually good adaptation of an unusually good novel." - Chicago Tribune
"A handsome production that delicately skewers literary-world pretensions and Great Man mythmaking. But primarily, The Wife offers viewers a chance to observe one of the finest — and most criminally underpraised — actresses of her generation working at the very top of her shrewd, subtle, superbly self-controlled game." - Washington Post
"Soars above the ordinary with a timely narrative and a magnetic performance by Glenn Close that is nothing short of miraculous." - The Observer
"A compelling film, and an excruciatingly entertaining one." - Arizona Republic
"Björn Runge’s 'The Wife' is an unmissable drama, largely in part to Glenn Close’s stunning performance in the title role." - Film Threat