A subtlety as fine and brittle as bone china distinguishes this drama of thwarted love among the faithful. It’s the work of Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, adapting from Naomi Alderman’s novel for his English-language debut. Rachel Weisz stars as Ronit, an expat photographer in New York who is convulsed by news from home. Her widowed father, chief rabbi of an orthodox community in north London, has died suddenly.
Adapted by Jane Anderson from Meg Wolitzer’s brilliant 2003 novel, The Wife has many shrewd things to say about the writing life, the writer’s ego and the near-invisible writer’s wife who keeps the whole show going.
Emma Thompson plays a renowned High Court judge who must rule on the case of a 17-year-old boy dying of leukaemia. The hospital wants to save his life with a blood transfusion, but his Jehovah’s Witness parents object on religious grounds, and the boy seems to support their stand.