As the saying goes: ‘behind every great man there is a great woman’; but in The Wife, a film based on the book of the same name by Meg Wolitzer, there is a sinister undertone.
After nearly 40 years of marriage, Joan (Glenn Close) decides to confront her husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce). The Castleman’s complement each other – Joe is casual, Joan is elegant; Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing; Joe enjoys his public role as a great American novelist, Joan devotes her intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of The Wife.
Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. The film interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a lifetime's shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love. What has brought the couple to this breaking point – one that results in a shocking revelation.
The film is directed by Björn Runge.