The Wife (2017)


The Wife
Director: Björn Runge
Writer: Jane Anderson
Based on: Meg Wolitzer’s novel
Cast: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater, Harry Lloyd, Annie Starke, Elizabeth McGovern, Johan Widerberg
Seen on: 16.2.2019
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Content Note: (critical treatment of) sexism

Plot:
Joan (Glenn Close) and Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) have been married for many years and Joe has finally reached the pinnacle of his career: he is about to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. They are on their way to Stockholm to receive the prize when Joan starts reflecting on their relationship that started at college in the 50s, wondering how they ended up where they are now.

I only recently read the book the film is based on and was mildly enthusiastic about it. I was also mildly enthusiastic about the film in a very different way. It’s okay, but not as good as it should have been.

The film poster showing the faces of Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and Joan (Glenn Close) in close-up.
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The Wife (Meg Wolitzer)

The Wife is a novel by Meg Wolitzer.
Finished on: 7.2.2019

Content Note: (critical treatment of) sexism

Plot:
Joan and Joe Castleman have been married for many years and Joe has finally reached the pinnacle of his career: he is about to receive the most prestigious prize for his literature. They are on their way to Helsinki to receive the prize when Joan decides that it is time for her to leave her husband, finally. Reflecting on their relationship that started at college in the 50s, she wonders how they ended up where they are now.

The Wife is a very critical look at the literary establishment and its sexist ways and as such, it is definitely a piece of literature I appreciated a lot. But reading it was also a little frustrating and in the end, the book didn’t win me over entirely.

The book cover showing a drawing of a stack of colorful books.
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