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The Artist’s Wife
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Claire (Lena Olin) lives a quiet domestic life in the Hamptons as the wife of celebrated artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern). Once a promising painter herself, Claire now lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for his final show, Richard’s moods become increasingly erratic, and he is diagnosed with dementia. As his memory and behavior deteriorate, she shields his condition from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson from a previous marriage. Challenged by the loss of her world as she knew it, Claire must now decide whether to stand with Richard on the sidelines or step into the spotlight herself.
USA, 2019, 94 minutes, Rated R, Directed by Tom Dolby
"[A]n 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."– Gary Goldstein, LA Times
“Lena Olin and Bruce Dern excel in Tom Dolby's drama about a couple coping with the husband's Alzheimer's.”– Joe Leydon, VARIETY
“A really beautiful portrait of a relationship.”– Lael Lowenstein, FILM WEEK (KPCC – NPR, LOS ANGELES)
“Worth seeing for Olin and Dern's tetchy and touching interactions, portraying a marriage of devotion and decay.”– Roger Moore, MOVIE NATION
“Bruce Dern and Lena Olin are fantastic here.”– Joey Magidson, AWARDS WATCH
“The revelation here is Lena Olin, who gets her best role in years...”– Mick LaSalle, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE