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A Woman Under the Influence

(DVD - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Woman Under the Influence
A drama detailing the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and how her family struggles to save her from herself.

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Publisher: Irvington, NY :, Criterion Collection,, [2004], ©1974
ISBN: 1604651040
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Wo
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (147 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 03, 2015
  • Nursebob rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

How can a person function in a society where the rules of proper behaviour often appear mystifying and at odds with one another? How can a person function in a relationship filled with double bind messages and contradictory demands? Rowlands brings a tragic authenticity to her portrayal of the beleaguered Mabel, trying in vain to juggle all the various roles expected of her and receiving nothing but criticism and scornful stares in return. Falk excels as the boorish husband.....at once denouncing Mabel’s bizarre behaviour and yet secretly encouraging it. Cassavetes deftly moves his characters towards a painful finale that practically explodes with suppressed rage....and then ends the film with a sadly ironic scene of domestic banality. An American masterpiece that is perhaps more relevant today than it was 30 years ago.

Aug 27, 2014
  • midnight_fleur28 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent film.....very real and life-like.
Excellent acting by Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk! John Cassavetes is a wonderfully talented director! Love his style of directing......you can really see it in this. A must watch!

Jan 02, 2014
  • ms_mustard rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

this is a Cassavetes movie with Gena Rowlands, not Bergman Island as pictured.

Jan 03, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A distressing tale of a married couple with major relationship problems. The wife of three children has a mental illness and finds coping with real life difficult. The husband, a rough and crude working man, has trouble dealing with his wife as well as controlling his own emotions. What follows is an emotional roller coaster ride throughout the movie.


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