The Wife

Secrets lie between the lines.

The Wife
After a career and marriage spanning forty years, a charismatic author and philanderer is about to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. However, his wife has spent the forty years in his shadow, playing her assigned role and overlooking his infidelities. After forty years, she has had enough, and the time for action is now.

100 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Violence, Drug abuse).
Drama, On the art circuit

Not currently showing on the local cinema circuit.

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Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Elizabeth McGovern, Harry LLoyd, Annie Starke, Alix Wilton Regan
Björn Runge
ScreenplayJane Anderson, from the novel by Meg Wolitzer
MusicJocelyn Pook
CinematographyUlf Brantås
EditingLena Runge
Made in2017
Produced byTempo Productions Limited, Meta Film, Silver Reel, Spark Film & TV, Film i Väst

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageFrequent, strong impact use of crude language.
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceFrequent, strong impact, domestic violence is realistic, psychological, verbal and emotional violence through use of insults and profanities directed at family members and people in a domestic relationship.
PrejudiceLow to mild impact, gender based stereotyping is experienced when Joan gives up her dreams to support her husband's writing career.
BlasphemyLow to mild impact blasphemy.
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsComplex and mature, strong impact, realistic themes happiness, recognition, winning the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature, family, support, love, complex relationships, obsession, discouragement, betrayal, fraud and deception, writers craft, marital infidelity, tense and difficult family relationships, a wife's resentment due to her subjugation as only an appendage to her husband, a stifled career, deception and fraud, family secrets, resentment, the long suffering wife, a woman asserting her rights and rejecting the lies, the art of writing, biographies, writing, breaking up, extramarital affairs, death, loss, truth being revealed, passion, commitment, career success, domestic abuse, family dysfunction, stained father/son relations, indiscretions, fronting, ghost-writing, and giving up your dreams for wifely duties. The themes are unsuitable for viewers under the age of 16, who will find them confusing and distressing and The themes especially scenes of realistic family feud, bitterness and disrespectful exchanges between family members, may cause moral, psychological and emotional harm on young viewers under age 16 who may not have the cognitive capacity and emotional maturity to deal with these stressful situations.
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USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for language and some sexual content.
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
15 +
Positive messages
Positive role models
Drinking, drugs, smoking


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say
Ilan Preskovsky quote iconAs it is, The Wife is an ultimately disappointing, underwhelming and often frustrating work with flashes of greatness and mostly excellent performances. Glenn Close alone is almost enough to make you overlook the film’s weaknesses but there’s ultimately only so much that even she can do to paper over some glaring tonal and basic storytelling flaws.
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Tomatometer quote iconThe Wife relies on the strength of Glenn Close's performance to drive home the power of its story -- and she proves thoroughly, grippingly up to the task.
Michael Ordona quote iconClose shines in drama with strong language, adult themes.

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