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A Woman Under The Influence

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  • John Cassavetes's A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE is an emotionally devastating drama that charts the mental disintegration of a California housewife. Mabel Longhetti (Gena Rowlands) has no emotional or creative outlets. Instead, she pours all her energy into her family, spending her days waiting for her husband Nick (Cassavetes regular and COLUMBO star Peter Falk) to arrive home from work, and anxiously awaiting her children's return from school. This dependence causes Mabel to suffer a nervous breakdown, forcing her to spend time in a mental hospital. Meanwhile, Nick struggles mightily to keep his family together. When Mabel returns six months later, dazed and shaken, a "welcome home" party threatens to trigger another collapse.

    As the confused, overwhelmed, and hypersensitive Mabel, Rowlands delivers one of the screen's most excruciatingly honest performances. This can directly be attributed to Rowlands's real-life husband Cassavetes, whose insistence on getting to the inner core of his characters' emotional states defined him as an artist. Falk portrays Nick with a harsh yet delicate pathos that is also honest and heartbreaking. A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE is an awe-inspiring work of art from a maverick American director.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): WOM070

  • Credits
    Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Matthew Cassel, Matthew Laborteaux, Christina Grisanti, Katherine Cassavetes, Lady Rowlands, Fred Draper, Mario Gallo, John Finnegan
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Oft-shattering....Uneasily lifelike..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE is perhaps the greatest of Cassavetes' films..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Rowlands, Oscar-nominated for her unforgettable performance...is pushed remorselessly into a full-blown breakdown..."
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