How the times have changed…
It was given that a woman’s role was to take care of the family, not financially (god forbid), but most importantly to be the main support for her husband. Joan Castleman, played by Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), is the perfect example of this painful reality bestowed upon women for generations. Close’s character is the wife of a world-renowned writer, played by Jonathan Pryce (Brazil), whose ego is more than one woman should ever have to bear witness to.
Writer Jane Anderson (Mad Men) is sneaky. Anderson paces herself and then suddenly attacks, leaving you in a cloud of emotion that is hard to stomach, let alone digest just when you’ve let your guard down. Director Björn Runge (Daybreak) follows Anderson’s lead by taking his time with his camera work to slowly hone in on Close and the pain behind her seemingly loving eyes. It is Close’s silent, but deadly acting that stings the most. Emphasis on the silent – Close doesn’t have as many lines as you’d think as lead actor, but that’s what’s impressive. It’s the transformation of her character, mainly through facial expressions, that makes this a must-see. This is acting at its finest!
Bottom line: The Wife took 14 years to make and comes at a time when our society needs it most. Times Up! No one should ever feel they’ve lived unfulfilled lives. Close taught us that in her inspiring Golden Globes speech when she won her first ever award for Best Actress in the Motion Picture Drama. Close is no amateur…she’s been acting for 45 years, yet somehow she’s never won an Oscar. Huh?! She’s tied with two other actresses for the most-nominations (6) without a win in Academy history. So Close, yet no cigar…This role, sadly inspired by her grandmother and mother, could be her first win and boy is it well deserved! You go Glen Coco!