Viewing and Discussion: The Wife

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  •  May 31, 2019
     7:00 pm CDT - 10:00 pm CDT

Instructor:  Mary Theis

The Wife is a 2017 drama film directed by Björn Runge and written by Jane Anderson, based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer. It stars Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater, and follows a woman who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, who is set to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

According to movie critic Ann Hornaday  in the beginning of the movie, “Joan and Joe are jumping on the bed like kids, sing-songing, “I won the Nobel.”  Or was that “we?” That’s the question that animates the rest of a film that takes place on the couple’s trip to Sweden, where Joan reflects on her life with Joe, the sublimating of her own literary ambitions to serve his, and an inescapable realization about their relationship that she has repressed but can stay hidden no longer.

This film reflects the emergence of the much needed strong feminine voice as portrayed in the emergence of the true identity of Joan.  In this time in history, women are reclaiming their voices and are no longer denying their creative and relational gifts.

About the Instructor
Mary Theis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She is a volunteer therapist at The C. G. Jung Center and also serves on the Clinic Committee. She studied for a year at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, and received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She has been actively involved in Jungian Psychology for more than 40 years.


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