Thought­ful, en­gag­ing film

Whanganui Midweek - - News -

The Cinema Group exists to bring to Whanganui well re­viewed films that we would other­wise miss. Films are screened at the Em­bassy at 10.30am usu­ally on the last Wed­nes­day of the month and are open to the pub­lic.

We wel­come any­one in­ter­ested in se­ri­ous films whether mem­bers of U3A or not. If you wish to join U3A forms will be avail­able at the theatre. If you wish to be placed on the mail­ing list to re­ceive no­tice of up­com­ing films, please con­tact Mark Humphrey at the theatre be­fore the screen­ing. We would like to see the theatre full as this gives us lever­age in the se­lec­tion of films from the dif­fer­ent dis­trib­u­tors.

The fol­low­ing re­view of the film can be found on Ama­zon’s In­ter­net Movie Data­base:

“Based on Meg Woltizer’s 2003 novel of the same name, The Wife fol­lows Joan Castle­man and her novelist hus­band Joe as they travel to Stock­holm so that he can be awarded the No­bel Prize for lit­er­a­ture. A ver­i­ta­ble power cou­ple, Joan is to Joe the ul­ti­mate al­pha wife and the cor­ner­stone of their fam­ily — yet, as we flash back to their courtship when Joan was an im­pres­sion­able and gifted young writ­ing stu­dent and Joe her mar­ried English pro­fes­sor, it quickly be­comes ap­par­ent that things be­tween the pair (and Joe’s much lauded body of work) are not what they seem.

“In the wake of last year’s Har­vey We­in­stein al­le­ga­tions and the #MeToo move­ment, con­ver­sa­tions around the recog­ni­tion and value of women’s labour are fi­nally be­ing had, and to these The Wife makes a thought­ful and en­gag­ing con­tri­bu­tion. Played with sub­tle bril­liance by Glenn Close (and, in flash­back, by her real-life daugh­ter An­nie Starke), Joan’s plight will be a fa­mil­iar one for women used to the ev­ery­day trade-offs of pro­fes­sional life — and by lay­ing out the long-term con­se­quences of one such com­pro­mise, The Wife of­fers a truly cut­ting cri­tique of the men who ex­ploit them.

“As grim as this may sound, how­ever, Joan is never por­trayed as a vic­tim — on the con­trary, as she comes to terms with the ex­tent to which she has been wronged, so too do Joan’s qual­i­ties of strength and re­silience re­veal them­selves.

“The Wife may be a ru­mi­na­tion on the short­chang­ing of women in their pro­fes­sional and per­sonal lives, but a nu­anced and cau­tiously op­ti­mistic one — posit­ing, al­most rad­i­cally, that it is never too late for women to take con­trol.”

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