The Washington Post raves, “THE WIFE offers viewers a chance to observe one of the finest – and most criminally underpraised – actresses of her generation working at the very top of her shrewd, subtle, superbly self-controlled game.”
6-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close was greeted with a well-earned standing ovation when she visited our sister location, The Paris Theatre in Manhattan, for a Q&A. She was joined by novelist Meg Wolitzer, who saw the character of Joan come to life when she met Glenn Close.
Close was joined in the film by her daughter, who played the role of Young Joan. Close chats about working alongside her daughter, here:
Working on the film was a learning experience for Close – having been made to feel invisible and without a voice in previous romantic relationships – she found fulfillment in being able to retroactively look into the face of those instances and overcome them.
Jonathan Pryce (the husband in THE WIFE) understood the importance of placing ‘the wife’ at the forefront of the story, unlike the first few initial actors who were approached about the role and turned it down because of the title.
Close and Wolitzer chat about the making of the film, here:
Close finds it very personal and very subjective when choosing what films to be a part of. She has to find scripts that resonate with her almost immediately, and doesn’t like to bore herself (or her audience) with territory or subject matter she has covered in her past roles. It is really about the connection to Close, and the film’s director, Björn Runge, placed his trust and support with the actors to allow them to deliver the highest caliber performances possible.
About the film:
Joan Castleman is a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty, the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his “art” with grace and humor. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises and Joan’s reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan’s coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career.
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