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The Wife

The Wife

DVD - 2019
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The story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition interwoven with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later, a lifetime's shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: EnglishSpanish dialogue version
Call Number: DVD F WIFE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Nominated Best Actress, Glenn Close (winner)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor, Glenn Close (winner)

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Nominated Lead Actress, Glenn Close


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movie20
Jun 02, 2021

Slow but well done.

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Jamie12_1
May 25, 2021

Nice one!

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BBQ_Chick
Oct 21, 2020

You can't go wrong with a Glenn Close movie. Worth watching.

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Teacher_2018
Oct 07, 2020

We found this movie to be interesting and it held our attention. Glen Close is outstanding.
A good evening watch for adult viewers.

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Ace4aDay
Oct 07, 2020

This is one for folks that like to deep dive into the "whys" and "hows" that are left strategically unanswered by the film.

VaughanPLDonnalee Mar 25, 2020

This is a riveting drama highlighted by Glenn Close's powerful performance. The story of Glenn Close's long-suffering and self-sacrificing wife is a slow build. The tension keeps building, however, until it reaches a dramatic climax. I have seen some other reviewers who couldn't understand why Glenn Close's character would make such a sacrifice and do it for so long, but I understood her character. How many women have sacrificed and diminished their own dreams, their own ambitions, their own voices, out of a sense of duty and in order to keep the peace in their personal situation? While this specific situation was particularly dramatic, this type of personal sacrifice on behalf of women is sadly very common. I thought it was a very good film and Glenn Close was outstanding.

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bansidthe
Mar 08, 2020

Nicely acted and edited. Plot is somewhat predictable but enjoyable for us.

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ScorchingSun
Feb 17, 2020

A bit on the slow snore side at the start, until a deep secret emerged that highlighted an outrageous gender inequality. It explained the leading lady's reined in emotions (akin to a muffled volcano).
Glen Close had a few crackling later scenes. Oscar nominee performance, but maybe not winner.
Spoiler Alert:
Her character made her sacrifice because it was the only way to poke through the glass ceiling and get her work published. And she maintained the deception to avoid humiliating her arrogant husband.

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mustang351c
Feb 07, 2020

So, this woman, Glen Closed's character, when she is young and cute and energetic, steals another woman's husband and life, then when she's old she is all miserable and empty and full of repressed anger. That pretty much sums this story up. That is this tale's moral. Enough said.

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lindy919
Feb 03, 2020

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If you like to watch old folks bicker and yell then this is for you. It could have been so much better.
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LostWages
Jun 22, 2019

The following book excerpts from author Meg Wolitzer should preface the movie, The Wife:

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“If you're so miserable,' my daughter said delicately, 'why don't you leave him?'

Oh my darling girl, I might have said, what a good question. In her worldview, bad marriages were simply terminated, like unwanted pregnancies. She knew nothing about this subculture of women who stayed, women who couldn't logically explain their allegiances, who held tight because it was the thing they felt most comfortable doing, the thing they actually liked. she didn't understand the luxury of the familiar, the known: the same hump of back poking up under the cover in bed, the hair tufting in the ear. The husband. A figure you never strove toward, never work yourself up over, but simply lived beside season upon season, which started building up like bricks spread thick with sloppy mortar. A marriage wall would rise up between the two of you, a marriage bed, and you would lie in it gratefully.”
― Meg Wolitzer, The Wife

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“Everyone needs a wife; even wives need wives. Wives tend, they hover. Their ears are twin sensitive instruments, satellites picking up the slightest scrape of dissatisfaction. Wives bring broth, we bring paper clips, we bring ourselves and our pliant, warm bodies. We know just what to say to the men who for some reason have a great deal of trouble taking consistent care of themselves or anyone else. “Listen,” we say. “Everything will be okay.” And then, as if our lives depend on it, we make sure it is.”
― Meg Wolitzer, The Wife

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whataread
Feb 24, 2019

A young woman with writing talent falls for her older male hotshot teacher, who gives off the air that he has it all figured out, the talent and depth, to write, when really, he has significant struggles. Together, she with her fears of not being recognized as a female writer, he with his inadequacies, they become a pair who write; He the public writer and she the ghost writer. They form an unspoken, covert alliance. He gains great recognition but forgets, fails, to recognize that his success is also hers. He does not remember their alliance. Her heart is broken. The distance that she experiences from him come to her in a series of stabs that accumulate to expose her truth.

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