The Wife

Close to an Oscar

When novelist Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) is told he is to receive a Nobel Prize, he is the first to credit his wife Joan (Glenn Close, at the top of her game) for her “support.” The epitome of the adage, “behind every great man is a great woman,” Joan has for 40 years sacrificed her own ambitions and ignored his infidelities. In flashbacks (where Joan is played by Close’s daughter Annie Starke) we see how the two met and began working together. But theirs is a marriage of uneven compromises, and a monstrous shared secret begins to surface in Stockholm, leading to an explosive denouement. Not to be missed. (100 min)