FILM IN LINGUA ORIGINALE

Il prossimo film in lingua originale è The Wife, in programma al Visionario lunedì 12 novembre h.19.30.

Schede a cura di Wall Street English presso le casse del cinema.

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The Wife is a 2017 drama film directed by Björn Runge and written by Jane Anderson, based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer. It stars Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater. The Wife  received positive reviews from critics, with major critical acclaim drawn towards Close’s performance, which some considered to be the best of her career.

Behind any great man, there’s always a greater woman – and you’re about to meet her.

It’s 1992 in wealthy coastal Connecticut. Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce) gets a call from Stockolm, with the news that he is this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature. His first instinct is to have his wife, Joan (Glenn Close), join them on the line from another phone. Joan is a highly intelligent and charming woman, the perfect devoted wife who has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to support her charismatic narcissistic husband.

A celebration at the couple’s home further reveals nuances to their relationship. Joe is holding court with his accomplished, adoring guests; Joan is holding a tray full of champagne flutes to serve them.
Joan, who always looks just right and says just the right thing, is loath to claim any credit. She doesn’t even want the greatest American writer of his generation to thank her on the world stage. “I don’t want to be thought of as the long-suffering wife,” she tells Joe as he ponders what to say in his acceptance speech. Once they reach Stockholm, she also doesn’t want to take part in the shopping trips and beauty treatments offered to the Nobel winners’ spouses – all wives, by the way.

We see the roots of that independent streak in flashbacks to Smith College in the late fifties,  when the young Joan (Annie Starke, who nicely mirrors Close’s cadence and mannerisms) was a bright student with great promise and Joe (Harry Lloyd) was her charismatic professor. Even then, though, we can see her silently listening, taking it all in, reflecting her inner analysis only in slight, tantalizing ways. The film interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, many years later–a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.

“The Wife” gets more and more intriguing as Joan’s disquiet swells; she questions her life choices and eventually gives voice to all she’s seen and done and unleashes secrets she’s held close for too long….

Did you know?

Annie Starke, who plays the young Joan, is the daughter of Glenn Close.