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A Woman Under the Influence
Mabel, a mother and wife, is on the brink of insanity as her blue-collar husband Nick attempts to understand her plight.
A devastating masterwork of one woman's downward spiral and a dry, humanist deconstruction of acceptable social politics. It is a film about family, commitment, desperation, redemption, endurance and the struggles of the working class. It is a film that sucked me right in with jaw-loosening, goosebumps-inducing acting. Gena Rowlands transforms herself. She becomes the distraught Mabel, an unimaginable character. It is so unconventional and uncompromising what she does in the first half, slowly losing her sense of "normal" public and private behavior. Her performance is nothing short of astonishing. Is she becoming mentally ill, or has she always been this way? Is she really mentally sick at all? The conclusion of her mental state lays entirely on the viewer. This…
Hate repeating old party lines on Letterboxd (is there anything more pointless than 100 reviews that all say “X actor really gives his/her all!”?), but must admit how much I’m struck by the control of Cassavetes’s camera in every scene; the incorrectly assumed improvisation is really the work of a master. What is more striking is that most of the important visual information is often teetering on the edges of the frame. One really great example is when Mabel goes to the bar. On the bottom of the frame, her hand pops in and out just enough so we can glimpse her ring finger. The hand goes away just as the bartender replaces that part of the image with the…
An occasionally riveting, but mostly insufferable, cinematic experience. Being my first Cassavetes film, I certainly admired the craft and the rambling energy of his camera, and the two lead performances are beyond words in their intimacy and their harshness, but I was never fully invested or even interested in what was unfolding.
I could make the argument that the film's long-winded set-piece moments don't work alongside its confined intensity, or that the film isn't so much a slow-burn as it is a car slowly running out of gas, but I really have no point in saying that because of my total indifference to the whole experience. I "get" the film, but it felt more like an errand.
And I thought Dancer in the Dark would be the most devastating film I see this year. I was wrong. A Woman Under the Influence hits way too close to home for me. It's take on the crumbling mental state of a woman who is forced into it with her surroundings makes for an enthralling and a hard watch. Gena Rowlands is something to behold in this film. Her performance is unlike any other in its size and range. Peter Falk is great as one of the most despicable but understanding characters in film. Cassavettes has definitely left an impression on me and I'll definitely check out his filmography. After I finished this all I could say were variations of "holy shit" and "Jesus Christ!" Watch this immediately, essential in all aspects of cinema.
I'm not sure if I can even begin to describe my sheer amazement at Gena Rowlands nuanced performance or my deep admiration for the realism of John Cassavetes. In many regards, I think one could almost classify A Woman Under the Influence as a kitchen sink drama with its domestic tension and entrapped claustrophobic character entanglements. Obviously the domestic aspect is of how small scale the film is set and those involved but I think Cassavete's realism shines through how he frames his characters as well. Rowlands descent into insanity is all the more amplified by how her real life husband Cassavete's films her in close ups while everyone else is usually at a distance. Perhaps signifying their distance in…
Dat ass Tina
Dan Hedaya as Carla's husband Nick Tortelli in 'Cheers' is a hell of a comedic ringer for Nick Longhetti.
Oh, and just as much of an asshole.
I can see it has some good performances.
It's about a difficult situation, and it's respectable for that.
However, it felt too much like it was glorifying an abusive relationship. Yeah, he had his moments where he was shown to be tender, but that doesn't make the rest of it okay.
And at the same time, sure, Mabel was having some issues, but she never seemed to be a danger to anyone. Everything that happened to her seemed unjustified.
It's easy to think the film is a good one if Peter Falk's character is thought of as a villain, and to an extent that is the case. With the kids eventually standing up to him for their mother.
On the whole though, everyone behaved weirdly and it felt like it didn't flow, other than a couple of powerful scenes.
John Cassavete's direction is far stronger here than his previous films, and he still lets scenes run long, but it's more story-centric than either Shadows or Faces. But beyond the filmmaking, this movie is elevated by the terrific, heartbreaking performances of Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands.
A masterpiece focus on mental illness in a family. Not exactly entertaining to watch so much as it's uncomfortable due to the rawness of every situation. A mother desperately clinging to reality, a father losing his sense of control, children who are caught in the middle. Pacing is slow, but seemingly purposeful as to drag the brutality of life out. Almost every actor's performance is well done, especially Gena Rowlands, whose portrayal of a mental disturbed woman is gut wrenching. There becomes a battle for the watcher over whether to side with the woman in her illness or hate her for tearing the family apart. And her husband, though appearantly sane, begins to mirror her as the film goes on. Not an easy watch, but well worth it for anyone interested in mental illness or dysfunctional family dynamics.
stark depiction of a woman losing her mind
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
فيلم امرأة تحت التأثير بدأ وكأنه امتداد لفيلم ليلة الافتتاح لنفس المخرج وزوجته الجميلة .
لا عاطفة الآن ، أريد أن اكون هادئة حقا
فبعد معاناة ميرتل عاطفيا في ليلة الافتتاح تعبر مايبل عن رغبتها بالهدوء .
مايبل ليست مجنونة ، هي فقط غير اعتيادية
مايبل تعاني من تأثير ما ، لا أحد يعلم ماهية التأثير ، حتى طبيبها النفسي صديق العائلة يقف بالخلف ويشاهد ، فقط زوجها نيك من يملك تفسيرات لحالتها ، حتى وإن كانت تفسيرات مضادة لبعضها ، فبعد هذا الاقتباس نعتها بالجنون في وجهها .
مايبل تعشق البجعة في بحيرة البجع ، جون كاسافيتيز ربط تعلقها بالبجعة ومشهد احتضارها المسرحي في شخصيتها ، فأصبح الفيلم يعبر عن احتضار مطول لمايبل في كل لحظة…
Pode um filme ser mais triste?
A Woman Under The Influence is a 1974 film by the legendary John Cassavetes. The film stars Cassavete regulars Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk. This was first Cassavetes' film I ever saw. I watched it a few months ago and it's been on my mind since. I can't remember the whole story (specifically the end for some reason) but I remember moments that really stood out to me. I had seen John Cassavetes work as an actor before, and I like him as an actor. I had been wanting to check out his directorial work for a while and heard great things about this one.
Now to start with my experience with the movie. This was one of the most…
I fear that if this would've ended up being a play, Rowlands legit would've suffered a mental breakdown. It's hard for me to imagine anyone else on the set feeling comfortable during shooting.
Truly a performance of perfection. The definition of emotional drainage.
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