In Review: The Wife

Something is unwell in The Wife, the Meg Wolitzer adaptation from director Björn Runge and starring Glenn Close as its titular enigmatic matron. Jonathan Pryce as her husband is a buffoonish novelist being awarded a Nobel Prize for literature, the result of decades of universal praise with Close’s doting Joan at his side. As the family heads to Stockholm for the awards ceremony, it unfolds a mystery about the nature of their partnership, one that cracks the facade of their supposedly picturesque marriage. Too bad we don’t buy any of it – not the initiating circumstances of the secret, nor any of its fallout.

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