A Woman Under the Influence

A Woman Under the Influence
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Brennen

Probably a 10/10. I would feel a little crazy too if i were in her situation.

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Charles

Wasn't really a fan of Rowland's performance. Felt too forced and distracting from the rest of the film.

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Bethany

Whew, whirlwind of a movie. Cassavetes really portrays things as they are. And that was the best acting I think I've ever seen in a movie

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Rachel

Very thought-provoking. How many things apply to "influence" in "under the influence"? Alcohol is the obvious choice in the beginning, but she's also under the influence of her husband, who is as erratic as she is but is more socially acceptable, the doctor, her father (who does not protect ...Read more

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C

I'm convinced this is a portrayal of a woman who was abused as a child, likely by her father; the victim cannot keep up the charade of normal and her psyche unravels.

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Louise

wow! very powerful and disturbing film of mental illness. Loved it too

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Matthew

Gena Rowlands is a g enius and this film is really messed up. Loved it

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