Admittedly, it took a little time getting accustomed to director Bjorn Runge’s The Wife, mainly in how it decided to share the couple’s past along with the present. What was apparent was the great performances, mainly that of veteran film actress Glenn Close.
Close stars as Joan Castleman, the long time wife of renown author Joseph Castleman (Jonathan Pryce). The film opens with Joseph finding out about his acceptance of the nobel prize in literature. They travel to Stockholm with their son David (Max Irons, son of Jeremy) as well as a not so welcomed guest Nathaniel Bone (Christian Slater), eager to write Joseph’s autobiography.
As stated before, I was a little lost at first as to why we had to go back in time to look at the start of the relationship (the younger version of the couple is played nicely by Harry Lloyd and Annie Starke), though I eventually realized it is to show how the couple has been able to work off of each other for decades on end. Not to mention a secret they have kept from everyone (even their children).
Parents, the film does have one sex scene, but nothing is shown except the character’s faces (it is in the first five minutes), and there is swearing. I would say high school and above.
Still, if anything, the film is worth seeing mainly for Glenn Close, who is still one of the main living veterans in Hollywood to have an Oscar. Perhaps now is her time at last.
Overall: Four Stars ****