Movie Mom

Movie Mom


Political scandal and The Politician’s Wife

posted by Nell Minow

Once again a politician is in disgrace and once again his wife appears at his side at the press conference. While he admits his mistakes, she stands there in silent support. What is she thinking? Of the sacrifices she made over the years, the time spent smiling, shaking hands, pretending to be interested, wishing she was alone with her family or pursuing her own interests? Of the humiliation of seeing her family’s most personal information dissected by pundits and cackled over by people who have never contributed to the public good?

An excellent BBC miniseries starring Juliet Stevenson explores what might be on the mind of one such woman. It is called, of course, “The Politician’s Wife.”



  • Christian Toto

    I always wished more people would focus on this issue, and the latest events in New York may make that happen. Hollywood should consider such a story.
    I also hoped more feminists would have spoken out against Hillary Clinton over the years for being a lousy role model for young, impressionable woman. Her husband clearly cheated for years and years, and rather than leave him or talk openly about her struggles within her marriage, she stood by her man and blasted his accusers. What kind of a message is that? And one’s take on this shouldn’t hinge on what party you identify with …

  • monkie

    I read an article on this subject this morning: “Women ponder why Spitzer’s wife stood by” at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/spitzer_political_spouses;_ylt=AibMJb..AgYi5T9kuwYSIwNH2ocA . It does make me wonder what goes on behind the scenes… with the Clintons, I just assumed Hillary had her own political agenda, that standing by her man was more of a calculated career move. This time around, who knows? I’d like to think she’s trying to protect her children. Honestly, I don’t think it’s really any of our business, but we’re part of such a voyeuristic society (and really, isn’t that why we watch so many movies? LOL) that it’s nice to speculate on something other than the state of Britney Spears’ mental health. Anyway, I sincerely feel for the woman. It’s a horrible position to be in no matter how she handles it.

  • KJT

    I love Juliet Stevenson, so I’m going to search this one out. Thanks for the heads-up.
    This question has been on the mind of every single woman I’ve discussed the scandal with. Every single one says, “No way I’d do that.” So why does it seem like every single political wife does stand by her man?

Previous Posts

Heaven is for Real
A movie like "Heaven is for Real" requires two different reviews, one for believers/fans of the 1.5 million-volume best-selling book, one for those who are unfamiliar with the book and whose views about faith and heaven and proof may differ from the evangelical beliefs of the Wesleyan pastor who wro

posted 6:00:04pm Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Heaven is for Real: The Real Story
"Heaven is for Real" opens tomorrow, with Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo, a Nebraska pastor whose four-year-old son says that he visited heaven during surgery for a ruptured appendix.  It is based on a best-selling book Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,

posted 3:59:56pm Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Movie Critic Ann Hornaday Comes Out as...a Christian
Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday wrote a brave and very moving essay about being a writer sustained by Christian faith and how that affects the way she approaches all films and especially those with religious themes. As a critic, my first obligation is to assess each of these films not as

posted 3:59:22pm Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Trailer: Gone Girl with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike
Take a look at the very creepy trailer from director David Fincher for the upcoming "Gone Girl" based on the best-seller by Gillian Flynn. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esGn-xKFZdU[/youtube]

posted 2:33:38pm Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

SFX: The Foundry's Dazzling Reel of Special Effects
From top special effects firm The Foundry.  Enjoy! [iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/91528664" width="500" height="281"]

posted 8:00:16am Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.