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Woman Under Influence, A (1974)

Original Title : Woman Under the Influence, A
Director : John Cassavetes
Writer : John Cassavetes
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Sam Shaw
Music : Bo Harwood
Photography : Mitch Breit
Caleb Deschanel
Distributor : Faces International
IMDB ID : 0072417
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Woman Under Influence, A (1974) - John Cassavetes
 

Starring

Peter Falk Nick Longhetti
Gena Rowlands Mabel Longhetti
Gena Rowlands Mabel Longhetti
 

Plot

Peter Falk is a blue collar man trying to deal with his wife's mental instability. He fights to keep a semblance of normality in the face of her bizarre behavior, but when her actions affect their children, he has her committed.
 

Comments

What society can't deal with Be authentic and genuine in how you relate to people, be a wonderous child in an adult's body and society will tear you apart.You can't expect understanding from any "normal" adults, even in your immediate family.Children will be the only ones who will be able to see you for who you really are, and accept you that way.Everyone else will try their hardest to hammer you in to the narrow, cold, petty role they expect you to play. It's not surprising that so many people react negatively to this movie.They don't like to see the ugly, cold side of society or themselves.They don't like to have a mirror held up to them.If you want entertainment, untinged with uncomfortable truth, this movie is not for you. That's not to say "A Woman Under the Influence" is not flawed in how it goes about showing society's fear of non-conformity.It requires some suspension of disbelief.Particularly, that Mabel could have raised three kids in a family, while in such a state without medication.There are also some unsatisfying "intermission" scenes.Finally, there's the very unbelievable ending where Mabel is slapped back in to lucidity by Nick. However, the vast majority of the film is intense and quite believable, especially in it's depiction of the lack of understanding the average, unconscious, "normal" adult society shows Mabel. Highly recommended.10/10
 
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