The Wife: Listen Up Joe, by David Bax

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  1. Anyone who is annoyed by spoilers should not watch the trailer for The Wife before seeing the film itself. Whoever edited that trailer seemed intent on alerting us to the big secret. That trailer left me reluctant to see the film, which appeared to be a rather simple story with a predictable surprise, a film running the risk of making too obvious a thematic point. The film itself turned out, I thought, to be a simple story indeed. I did not find the most important character’s psychology convincing, or her two children’s cluelessness, but good acting carried the day. David Bax is right, I think, to point out that the marriage was a distortion of its era, and so to some extent this is a period piece about some unhappy cultural matters in 1950s and 1960s America.

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