Glenn Close gives an unmissable performance in this hugely enjoyable drama set in the literary world. Close plays Joan Steedman, the apparently charming and supportive wife of Joe – a literary titan who is being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Joan is adored among literary circles, as having been the wind beneath cantankerous old Joe’s wings for decades. When a stalker/journalist starts to pester Joe for his support in writing a warts-and-all biography of the great man, the truth about her own literary ambitions comes to the fore.
Back in the 50s and 60s, Joan had been an aspiring writer herself, who succeeded in seducing the married Professor Joe Steedman. When she becomes Wife No. 2, she becomes permanently suspicious that Joe’s roving eye will rove again, and her own literary ambitions are diminished as Joe’s success grows. Decades later, their marriage has become a “stew of resentment” where Joan is pretending to be content.
With scenes shot in Glasgow and Dumfries & Galloway, The Wife could be Glenn Close’s best shot at Oscar success since Fatal Attraction 30 years ago.
“a fascinating and bravura performance from Glenn Close, in this hugely enjoyable dark comedy” Guardian *****
“Close plays this ignored, pushed-aside woman like a gathering storm, drawing us into the mind and heart of a heroine who’s not going to take it any more” Rolling Stone
15: contains strong language: sex references
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