Wife ★★★★

Wife (1953) is third in of Naruse's cycle of marriage films and is based on a story by Hayashi about a troubled childless couple Mineko (Mieko Takamine) and Junichi (Ken Uehara). They are both dissatisfied with the marriage and the husband drifts flirting with a single mother. Despite, Mieko's dissatisfaction with her husband, she is not going to allow him to cheat on her and he does not have the will to leave her outright, so they will struggle on in their unhappiness.