The Artist's Wife

The Artist's Wife

The Artist's Wife

Academy Award-nominee Lena Olin (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) leads this drama as the wife of a renowned painter (fellow nominee Bruce Dern, Nebraska) diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As he struggles to meet the end of his creative endeavours, she finds solace in picking up the paintbrush again - a passion she abandoned to support her husband. However, her reignited creativity comes at odds with her spouse's health... and envy.

2020Rating: M, Nudity, offensive language & sexual content94 minsUSA
Drama

The Artist's Wife / Reviews

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The dénouement of The Artist’s Wife, wasting compassion on a character who has earned only the minimum, winds up fully validating an ideology and morality that is complicit in women’s oppression.

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New York Post

New York Post

The Artist’s Wife can, at times, come off as a collage of other, better movies.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Despite its value in providing superb starring turns by Lena Olin and Bruce Dern, the film never manages to overcome its air of familiarity.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

If only the style of The Artist’s Wife could scald with equal intent. Alas, it opts for plangency, with a musical score applied like a gentle balm, and a plot that hungers for healing—absurdly so, given the incurable nature of Richard’s plight.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

An absorbing, at times moving look at a woman caught between her own artistic and emotional desires and her devotion to a man who doesn’t seem to deserve her.

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Variety

Variety

It’s entirely possible that The Artist’s Wife would have hit the same pitch-perfect notes had it been set during a long hot summer. But the wintery ambiance enhanced by Ryan Earl Parker’s evocative cinematography feels altogether appropriate for a story about one life winding down, and another on the verge of a restorative spring.

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