Playing, Sep 14 – 20 at Cinema Paradiso Hollywood
Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) 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 (Jonathan Pryce) 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. THE WIFE is a poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.
What unites the film’s two halves – what makes it worth watching, period – is the road Close’s Joan travels as she decides whether to reclaim authorship of her own life.
Ty Burr – Boston Globe Top Critic
Runge is very good with actors. It’s a pleasure simply to watch Close and Pryce establish such minute and careful gradations of happiness, desolation and exasperation in their scenes together.
Michael Phillips – Chicago Tribune Top Critic
Close might well receive a seventh Academy Award nomination for The Wife.
Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times Top Critic