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The Wife

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Behind any great man, there’s always a greater woman.
It is crucial you get to know this woman – many of us already do and don’t even realise it.
Joan Castleman (Glenn Close): a still-striking beauty with impeccable credentials, the perfect alpha wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his “art” with grace and humour.
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 grâce is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and the secret of his career. She’s written every word.
A poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2017 - Gala Screening - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
100 mins
Björn Runge
Piers Tempest, Meta Louise Foldager, Rosalie Swedlin
Jane Anderson (screenplay), Meg Wolitzer (novel)
Director of Photography
Ulf Brantås
Principal Cast
Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater


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Last updated 25th July 2017

Production Company

Sweden, Denmark, US, UK coproduction

Anonymous Content (UK), Meta Film (DK), Tempo Productions Ltd (UK)

Tempo Productions
Piers Tempest
Lower Scarcliffe
Off Carleton Lane
BD23 3HS
+44 (0)20 7097 8973


Embankment Films (World sales excluding US)
Westbourne Studios – WE 020
242 Acklam Road
W10 5JJ
+44 (0)20 7183 4739

Creative Artists Agency/ CAA (US sales)
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles
CA 90067
+1 424 288 2000