The Story of My Wife (film)

The Story of My Wife (Hungarian: A feleségem története) is a 2021 internationally co-produced romantic drama film written and directed by Ildikó Enyedi, based on the 1942 novel of the same name by Milán Füst. It stars Léa Seydoux, Gijs Naber, Louis Garrel, Sergio Rubini and Jasmine Trinca.

The Story of My Wife
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Promotional poster
Directed byIldikó Enyedi
Written byIldikó Enyedi
Based onThe Story of My Wife
by Milán Füst
Produced by
  • Mónika Mécs
  • Ernő Mesterházy
  • Jonas Dornbach
  • Janine Jackowski
  • Flaminio Zadra
  • Pilar Saavedra Perrotta
  • Stéphane Parthenay
  • Robin Boespflug-Vonier
  • András Muhi
CinematographyMarcell Rév
Edited byKároly Szalai
Music byÁdám Balázs
Distributed by
  • Mozinet
  • Alamode Film
  • Pyramide Distribution
Release dates
  • 14 July 2021 (2021-07-14) (Cannes)
  • 23 September 2021 (2021-09-23) (Hungary)
  • 14 October 2021 (2021-10-14) (Germany)
  • 12 January 2022 (2022-01-12) (France)
Running time
169 minutes
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
Budget€10 million[1]

It had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 14 July 2021. It is scheduled to be released in Hungary on 23 September 2021, by Mozinet, and in Germany on 14 October 2021, by Alamode Film, and in France on 12 January 2022, by Pyramide Distribution.



Milán Füst's novel, The Story of My Wife, was one of Enyedi's favorites when she was a teenager, which led her to adapt it into a film.[2] In February 2018, it was announced Léa Seydoux had joined the cast of the film, with Ildikó Enyedi directing from a screenplay she wrote. Monika Mécs, Maren Ade, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Flaminio Zadra, Pilar Saavedra Perrotta producing under their Inforg-M&M Film, Komplizen Film and Palosanto Films banners, respectively.[3] In April 2019, it was announced Gijs Naber, Louis Garrel, Josef Hader, Sergio Rubini and Jasmine Trinca had joined the cast of the film.[4] The dialogue is primarily in English because in the 1920s English was the primary language in the shipping industry.[2]

Filming began on April 8 and in Hamburg, Budapest, and Malta.[4]


In February 2020, it was announced Rai Cinema, Mozinet, Pyramide Distribution and Almonde would distribute the film in Italy, Hungary, France, and Germany, respectively.[1]

The Story of My Wife had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 14 July 2021.[5] It is scheduled to be released in Hungary on 23 September 2021.[6] and in Germany on 14 October 2021.[7] and in France on 12 January 2022, by Pyramide Distribution.[8] The film will have its North American Premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.[9]


The Story of My Wife holds a 21% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 19 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.60/10.[10] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 40 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]


  1. ^ a b Macnab, Geoffrey (February 24, 2020). "Films Boutique inks deals on Ildikó Enyedi's 'Story Of My Wife' (exclusive)". Screen Daily. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Barraclough, Leo (May 8, 2019). "First Look: Léa Seydoux in 'The Story of My Wife' From Ildikó Enyedi (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  3. ^ Roxborough, Scott (14 February 2018). "Lea Seydoux to Star in New Film From Director Ildiko Enyedi (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Lemercier, Fabien (April 9, 2019). "ldikó Enyedi shooting The Story of My Wife". Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Films of the Official Selection 2021". Cannes Film Festival. June 3, 2021. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  6. ^ "A feleségem története (12E) Enyedi Ildikó új filmje szeptember 23-tól a mozikban!". YouTube. June 30, 2021. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  7. ^ "Filmfest Hamburg 2021: "The story of my wife" in the program". NDR. June 30, 2021. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  8. ^ "The Story of My Wife". Pyramide Distribution. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  9. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (2021-07-20). "Toronto Film Festival Lineup Adds 'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye' and 'Clifford the Big Red Dog'". Variety. Retrieved 2021-07-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "The Story of My Wife (2021)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  11. ^ "The Story of My Wife". Metacritic. Retrieved July 17, 2021.

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