Watch at Home: ‘The Wife’ & more from female filmmakers

Left to right: Christian Slater as Nathaniel, Glenn Close as Joan and Jonathan Pryce as Joe in The Wife.
Left to right: Christian Slater as Nathaniel, Glenn Close as Joan and Jonathan Pryce as Joe. Photo by Graeme Hunter. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 2/1/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s selection is The Wife.  While depicting the sexism of the 1960s, The Wife proves to be a compelling film purely on the basis of Glenn Close’s performance.

To most people, Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) is the wife of her prolific author husband, Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce).  The two couldn’t be more different.  This shows not just during the present day (1992) or the flashbacks to Smith College in 1958 or Connecticut in the 1960s.  When the Castlemans learn that Joe is going to be named the winner of the Novel Prize in Literature, they both jump on the bed.  The scene is called back later on when Joe learns he’s getting published.

Let’s talk about Joe’s career for a moment.  It’s entirely based on a lie.  This also speaks to the era in which Joan graduated college.  Her talent had already been established when she was enrolled creative writing classes at Smith.  It was words of warning from author Elaine Mozel (Elizabeth McGovern) telling a young Joan (Annie Stark) to get out of the game while she could.  Mozel didn’t want Joan to be just another alumna with her books on the alumni shelf.  For women of her day, that’s the only success they would be able to see.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (02/15/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from The Wife EPK
Photo Credits: Sony Pictures Classics

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