The Question and Answer section for The Awakening is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Edna's dabbling becomes more pronounced and emotional. Her painting becomes more than a way to pass the time, it becomes a way to express her inner emotions. Her painting becomes more than illustrations..... sketches..... it becomes a way to...
From this quote, we can infer that Leonce saw his wife as a belonging.... an imperfect belonging to boot.
I'm sorry, this category directly applies to the story The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I am unaware of the movie you're referring to.