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Movie Name: The Wife (2017)
Genre(s): Drama
Date of Publication: 28 September 2018 (UK)
Duration: 99 minutes
Director(s): Björn Runge
Stars: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons

Storyline:
This plot description is chronological, although major parts of the film are told in flashback. In 1956, Joan Archer (Annie Starke) meets Joseph Castleman (Harry Lloyd), a handsome young married professor at a women-only college. Although already an accomplished (if unpublished) writer, Joan is awed by Joseph’s force of personality and advice that “a writer must write”. Joan meets a published alumni authoress (Elizabeth McGovern), whose cynical views on opportunities for female writers disheartens Joan. Two years later, Joseph has been fired for having an affair with Joan, his marriage is failing, and his first attempt at writing a novel turns out very poor. Joan, a secretary at a publishing house, observes how the all-male editors dismiss women writers. When Joan criticizes Joseph’s work, he threatens to end his relationship with her (claiming she cannot love “a hack”). Joan agrees to fix Joseph’s novel for him. The work, titled The Walnut, is published and becomes a bestseller. By 1960, Joseph and Joan are living in a large seaside home in Connecticut. Joan is hard at work writing a novel, to be published under Joseph’s name, while Joseph supports her by cooking, cleaning, and caring for their first child, David. As Joseph and Joan converse, it is apparent that Joan’s novel is a reflection of their life together, which bores Joan.

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