The Christmas Wife

The Christmas Wife

David Jones (3) (1988)

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Our Score
Grief, loneliness and the preciousness of human relationships are gently explored in this simple and sedately paced character study, boasting a charming performance from Jason Robards. Based on a Helen Norris short story, the Pinter-esque drama shows its age but is still warmly engaging, as the widowed Robards looks for a platonic, female companion to ease him through his first solo Christmas. Contacting an agency, he's hooked up with a mysterious Julie Harris for the holidays - a shy yet perceptive woman whose secretiveness subtlely intrigues, even though her acting feels a tad stilted. Robards's gentlemanly behaviour, while navigating unfamiliar emotional terrain and his desperation to cling to the past, give the minimal plotting a poignant pull, which increases as the couple's awkwardness together slowly diminishes. An unexpected reveal befits the film's low-key approach, leading to a final scene that's pleasingly full of hope.


Jason Robards stars as a widower who, not wanting to face his first Christmas alone, responds to a newspaper advert asking for `social introductions'. Sentimental drama, co-starring Julie Harris, Don Francks and James Eckhouse.

Cast & Crew

John Tanner Jason Robards
Iris Julie Harris (2)
Director David Jones (3)

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: DVD