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Paul Jensen

A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (1974) 5 stars

Cassavetes most accomplished achievement. Staggeringly honest. Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk are mesmerizing. The love that permeates every scene is overwhelming. There are no easy answers throughout this heart-wrenching family drama. (Although, it is not without its humor.) The main protagonist is a woman who feels influenced to behave and act a certain way. In some respects, she represents the artist's spirit - that which does not fall victim to conformism. In the end though, it's the heart-felt emotion towards the family (in particular the kids) that makes this film an indelible emotional experience.

 

Genre: Drama
Director: John Cassavetes