My First Wife is about the dramatic collapse of the marriage between John (John Hargreaves) and Helen (Wendy Hughes). It is also a film about our children and the future we offer them.
Helen has decided to leave, and it is John who lacks the inner resources to cope with the impending tragedy.
Slowly he is sucked into a tunnel of despair – fighting his conservative nature and the romantic memories of his married life.
“We must love one another or die” W. H. Auden said in 1939. This sentiment is very much at the heart of the story.
My First Wife pleads for more patience, more understanding, more tolerance and more care for our “loved ones”, and if the time for parting arrives, to be more careful with the way we say goodbye.