Films screening at this event

The Wife

Björn Runge
Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons
Sweden, UK
100 min

“A smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film.” – The Guardian

Glenn Close gives a truly masterful performance in award-winning Swedish filmmaker Björn Runge’s (Mouth to MouthHappy End) hugely enjoyable new drama, adapted from Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel, which has enjoyed great acclaim after premiering at TIFF.

She is Joan Castleman, an elegant woman who has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to support her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his high-profile literary career. Ignoring his solipsism and various infidelities because of his ‘art’, she has dealt with his often bad behaviour with grace and humour. But the foundations of their marriage have been built upon a set of uneven compromises, and Joan has reached a turning point. On the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, she remembers their past while confronting the biggest sacrifice of her life and the secret of his career.