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Glenn Close and Björn Runge
Glenn Close and Björn Runge

“Jane Anderson (based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer) wrote the screenplay more than 14 years ago,” Glenn Close told an attentive audience at a private screening of The Wife at AMC’s Georgetown Theater. “It was a movie that Hollywood obviously didn’t want to make. So, 14 years later, I guess it probably was this wonderful woman who was one of the main producers – Rosalie Swedlin. I was sent the script, and I liked it. I was intrigued by it. I had never played anybody like that before. Then, it fell apart, and then it came back together, like every independent film does. My definition of an independent film is a film that almost doesn’t get made.”

 

The film was on and off again for a long time until Swedish director Björn Runge came along. Runge flew over for breakfast to meet with Glenn in a little cafe a block from where she has an apartment in New York, down in the West Village. They were a perfect match and the film was made.

 

About the film: “Behind any great man, there’s always a greater woman – and you’re about to meet her. It is crucial you get to know this woman – many of us already do and don’t even realize it. Joan Castleman (Glenn Close): a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty – the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his “art” with grace and humour, their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises. And Joan’s reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan’s coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career. The Wife is a poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.” Courtesy of imdb.com