“Terrific…a superbly nuanced performance in which [Olin] seems literally to glow brighter the longer she’s onscreen…the actress seizes this one with fervor, clearly relishing the film’s adult treatment of mature sexuality...The Artist’s Wife displays rare sophistication…”
“[Dern’s] best performance since his Oscar-nominated turn in Nebraska…[he] sustains a firm grip on our sympathy.”
“Thanks to the subtleties of Olin’s performance — and the acidic sting of Dern’s — The Artist’s Wife feels less about dementia than the price of nurturing another’s artistic vision.”
“The story of a woman reclaiming her autonomy and identity...the revelation here is Lena Olin, who gets her best role in years.”
“Olin…makes Claire both ravishing and ravaged.”
“Scenes…crackle with intensity.”
“Bruce Dern and Lena Olin are fantastic here...one of [Dern’s] best large roles in some time…complicated and lovely in equal measure.”
“[The] two leads couldn’t be better cast...Olin’s intelligence and sensuality remain undimmed...”
“A completely beautiful, compelling, and soulful film.”
“Dolby’s feature is polished yet personal and doesn’t follow the trajectory one expects from this kind of film.”
“The Artist’s Wife is about marriage, loyalty, love, and rediscovering one’s passions.”
“Lena Olin and Bruce Dern provide an acting master class in The Artist’s Wife...[the film] is first and foremost an actors’ showcase, and the two stars draw on their shared decades of experience to create a vivid portrayal of this couple’s plight.”
“Olin is a masterful muse and brilliant...not just an eternal beauty onscreen, but a powerful presence that always energetically glimmers even when she has left the shot...[Dern’s] character is imbued with truth and wisdom, fear and anger…[h]e is better in every role he takes on, a testament to the power and value of working until you no longer can.”
“Olin and Dern…are absolutely magical in their complicated roles.”
Lena Olin and Bruce Dern give career-defining performances as a Hamptons couple facing their golden years amidst the challenges of dementia and unrealized dreams.
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.