The complex relationship between Anne and Jakob anchors Jakob’s Wife

It would be easy for the movie to paint Anne’s husband Jakob as an antagonist and root for her to kill him by the end. He ignores her, constantly interrupts her, and consistently belittles her throughout the first part of the film. But where Jakob’s Wife really thrives is how it treats this relationship after Anne has “turned” into a predator.

Obviously, I don’t want to spoil what happens, but it was fascinating to see Jakob actually try to save his wife from becoming a monster rather than just abandoning her altogether. The movie takes a unique approach to their relationship that grounds the story and adds to many of the comedic moments …

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Jakob’s Wife Offers Convincing Proof That Horror Is the Ultimate Glow-Up

… Married to Pastor Jakob Fedder (Larry Fessenden, whose acting credits include You’re Next alongside Crampton and The Dead Don’t Die, and whose directing credits include The Last Winter and a segment in ABCs of Death 2), Anne’s played the role of a dutiful minister’s wife for 30 years, cooking, cleaning, sitting through her husband’s sermons, enduring his repulsive grooming habits, and holding her tongue every time he interrupts her or talks over her, which is often.

… Jakob’s Wife doesn’t take the easy way out with the Jakob character; he could have been just a closed-minded, misogynistic small-town minister type, and while there are some elements of that, he’s more a guy who’s just become so used to his comfortable routine that it doesn’t occur to him to ever want to change it. Fessenden is very good as this oblivious, mildly boorish (but not monstrous) man who’s stunned to realize that his wife’s long been deeply unhappy in their marriage.