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Film / The Wife

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The Wife is a 2018 drama film, adapted from the 2003 novel by Meg Wolitzer and directed by Björn Runge, about the overlooked wife (Glenn Close) of a world-renowned, Nobel Prize-winning novelist (Jonathan Pryce).

The supporting cast includes Christian Slater, Elizabeth McGovern, Harry Lloyd, Max Irons, and Annie Starke.

Tropes found in The Wife:

  • Foreshadowing: Joe doesn't recognize the name of one of his own characters.
  • Oblivious to Their Own Description: Joe tells his son Max that the couple in his short story (an insufferable blowhard and silently suffering wife) are a bit of a cliche. Joan, at least, seem to realize that they're based on her and Joe.
  • The Reveal: All of Joe's work was ghost-written by Joan.