The Wife

The Wife

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen edition
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After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman 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 1950s. 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.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Branch Call Number: DVD WIF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 100 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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4 3/4 in., color, rda
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optical, rdapm
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Dolby Digital 5.1
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ArapahoeRead Jul 16, 2019

Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce deliver outstanding performances in this interesting film that touches on a variety of concepts, including creativity and marriage. Not a plot-heavy film, but one that will appeal to fans of complex characters and relationships.

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chriscoleman
Jun 29, 2019

Watchable but depressing. Entirely filmed in Sweden. It's about an older couple in their twilight years. He wins a Nobel prize for literature that pretty much everyone in the writing community knows belongs to his wife who is his ghostwriter. This is revealed up front. The rest of the film is about his numerous affairs with women young enough to be his grandchildren and the price she paid for being his wife.

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LostWages
Jun 21, 2019

It's been said that "writers must write." Be aware of the pivotal line "writers must be read" uttered by the immensely talented Elizabeth McGovern in her solo scene.

Released around Oscar season, this Glenn Close vehicle had many elements in common with most movies dismissed as Oscar bait, like star-heavy ensemble casts, showcase scenes for the stars and heavy marketing campaigns ("the perfect '#MeToo' film").

And in spite of a good story saddled and rode hard with a so-so script, Ms. Close deftly delivered stellar acting chops throughout.

Watching Johnathan Pryce accidentally slip from a Yiddishy New Yorker accent into a screechy Scottish brogue during the melodramatic apex scene was forgivable, albeit unexpectedly entertaining.

Recommended highly for Glenn Close fans.

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QnVz
Jun 20, 2019

Goodness if the Wife did not have some twists and turns! We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Ky68RasK
Jun 14, 2019

Splendid performance by Glenn Close. She really holds your attention.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Jun 10, 2019

I really quite appreciated this movie, I wouldn't mind hazarding this is so true of many women's lives.

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reggi10
May 28, 2019

I know some folks did not find this movie to their taste. Because of some individual comments, I was afraid I would not like it. I wanted to see the movie in any case. And this was one of those moments I am glad I gave it my time.
I have to say the movies and the acting and the story line it was brilliantly done! It was a handsome story with a few twists that surprised me.
Yes, the acting was GREAT!!!!
Give it go. You may like it too.

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vinifera_1
May 23, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Great performances by Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce.

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eabramlett
May 17, 2019

Definitely two stars for this one. The target audience here is older moviegoers who apparently can't take much action, or at least that's what the film makers seem to think. This film is slow and boring until all hell breaks loose for a moment and then it ends. The story is depressing and the main characters are unsympathetic, their problems are very different from those of the average person. Oh, you got a Pulitzer prize and I didn't, boo hoo. Glenn Close's character was not a woman who subjugated herself in the service of her husband's brilliant career. She was a woman who cut a deal that she later came to regret, but she certainly had other options over the course of 35+ years. Sorry, but this just wasn't that interesting.

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PineSisken
May 16, 2019

Slow burn, but it packs a punch.

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LostWages
Jun 22, 2019

The following book excerpts from author Meg Wolitzer should preface the movie, The Wife:

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“If you're so miserable,' my daughter said delicately, 'why don't you leave him?'

Oh my darling girl, I might have said, what a good question. In her worldview, bad marriages were simply terminated, like unwanted pregnancies. She knew nothing about this subculture of women who stayed, women who couldn't logically explain their allegiances, who held tight because it was the thing they felt most comfortable doing, the thing they actually liked. she didn't understand the luxury of the familiar, the known: the same hump of back poking up under the cover in bed, the hair tufting in the ear. The husband. A figure you never strove toward, never work yourself up over, but simply lived beside season upon season, which started building up like bricks spread thick with sloppy mortar. A marriage wall would rise up between the two of you, a marriage bed, and you would lie in it gratefully.”
― Meg Wolitzer, The Wife

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“Everyone needs a wife; even wives need wives. Wives tend, they hover. Their ears are twin sensitive instruments, satellites picking up the slightest scrape of dissatisfaction. Wives bring broth, we bring paper clips, we bring ourselves and our pliant, warm bodies. We know just what to say to the men who for some reason have a great deal of trouble taking consistent care of themselves or anyone else. “Listen,” we say. “Everything will be okay.” And then, as if our lives depend on it, we make sure it is.”
― Meg Wolitzer, The Wife

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whataread
Feb 24, 2019

A young woman with writing talent falls for her older male hotshot teacher, who gives off the air that he has it all figured out, the talent and depth, to write, when really, he has significant struggles. Together, she with her fears of not being recognized as a female writer, he with his inadequacies, they become a pair who write; He the public writer and she the ghost writer. They form an unspoken, covert alliance. He gains great recognition but forgets, fails, to recognize that his success is also hers. He does not remember their alliance. Her heart is broken. The distance that she experiences from him come to her in a series of stabs that accumulate to expose her truth.

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