by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
An interesting movie will be coming out in theaters this August and it stars Glenn Close, Christian Slater, and Jonathan Pryce. The film is called, The Wife. Here’s the plot to the film. Joe and Joan Castleman seem to be a happily married couple, or Joan makes it appear that way but she’s far from happy. She has spent 40 years giving up her own talents, dreams, and ambitions for her alluring husband Joe’s literary career.
She has supported and has been a long a devoted wife, despite his many affairs that he waves away as his form of “art.” After dealing with forty years of uneven favors Joan has reached a snapping point. Especially when Joe is up to win a Noble Peace Prize for his literally work. On the night before the award show, Joan is about to face the biggest sacrifice of her life and the secret of her husband’s career. This film is a story of womanhood, self-realization, and liberation.
It’ll be interesting to see what time period this film was set in because the overall plot reminds me of stories of women who went through the same situations throughout the 60s and 70s. Sometimes the 80s and 90s because it took them that long to realize that if their husband wasn’t going to support them having their own interests and dreams outside the world of just being a wife and mother then they would leave. A lot of women have had to deal with giving up going to school, work, having a social life, and other normal human things in order to be the “perfect wife” and mother. This caused a lot of depression for women and many people thought they were just psychologically disturbed when in actuality they just wanted to do more with their own life than what society and their husbands expected of them. So, these could be some elements that they might cover in this film.
I mean look at Mary Shelly. Most people back then and to this day believe that it was her husband, Percy, who wrote Frankenstein and not her. They just couldn’t believe a woman would have that level of imagination and intellect to write that kind of story. In fact, many male authors have had their wives do a lot of work on their manuscripts and have been given little to no credit. They could have typed the whole book, and even edited it but not given the rightful credit they deserve only because they didn’t come up with the idea in the first place; which is absurd because if a film can have an entire credit scene for everyone who created a film then so can an author.