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The Wife is a film written and directed by Tom Noonan. It is based on his earlier play called Wifie. Two professional therapist, Jack and Rita are a couple who share a Vermont cottage together out in the wilderness. They live nice quiet lives but are about to have an encounter that neither one of them would have ever seen coming.

It all starts one late evening when an unexpected client and his young wife show up at the therapist couples homes. Jack and Rita are about to have dinner when Cosmo, who is a patient of theirs, not only surprises them by paying them a visit himself but by also bringing his young wife Arlie with him. Although Jack and Rita feel uneasy about having their patient and his wife over at their home, they welcome the couple and invite Cosmo and Arlie into their home to have dinner with them.

It is revealed in the movie that Arlie had never met her husbands therapist before and felt that it was her right to meet the people that her husband is spending so much time with. She has insisted to her husband that she had to meet these people who he has been revealing his personal feelings to. While there, Arlie seems to be a very unstable person and makes her husband feel nothing but pure embarrassment by her unpredictable actions. Nevertheless, the couple continue to eat, drink and make conversation.

As the evening drags on, it is quite clear that Cosmo and Arlie have their issues. The conversation between the couples takes a twist though and personal issues that Jack and Rita have come out in the open. We learn that not only does Cosmo and Arlie have a dysfunctional marriage, but so does the professional therapist couple. We learn that Jack wants to have a little more space to himself. Rita on the other hand, feels that her and her husband need to share more closeness together.

The conversation between the couples gets really deep as the individuals each discuss their intimate secrets from both the past and present. The more the couples drink and talk, the more the tension builds up as deep and dark secrets are revealed about these two marriages. During all of the conversation, there seems to be a power struggle going on between the two couples. Though things get a bit heated at times and Jack and Rita want their guest to leave, Cosmo and Arlie refuse to leave.

The Wife is an Comedy, Drama movie that was released in 1996 and has a run time of 1 hr 59 min.

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| 1996 | 1 hr 59 min
Tom Noonan, Wallace Shawn, Karen Young, Julie Haggerty
Tom Noonan
Produced By
Michael D. Aglion, Scott Macaulay, Robin O

Also directed by Tom Noonan

Also starring Tom Noonan