Glenn Close totally rules in Bjorn Runge‘s The Wife, which just ended at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall. The film is strong and precisely written and well-carved, and Close carries it along with costar Jonathan Pryce on a 60-40 basis.

She brilliantly re-defines the familiar role of the discreet, classy, long-under-valued wife & partner of an ostensibly great man.

Exquisite poise, rich feeling, heart full of soul & regret, eyes of spirit and chrome steel. Close’s emoting in The Wife demands Oscar cred.

It’s a landmark performance with a great, angry, full-throttle climax. Close has a Best Actress nom in the bag if — IF — The Wife opens by 12.31.