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A Woman Under the Influence

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Original title
A Woman Under the Influence
Running time
155 min.
United States United States
John Cassavetes
Bo Harwood
Mitch Breit
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Faces International
Drama | Family Relationships. Psychological Drama. Independent Film (US)
Synopsis / Plot
John Cassavetes's A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE is an emotionally devastating drama that charts the mental disintegration of a California housewife. Mabel Longhetti (Gena Rowlands) has no emotional or creative outlets. Instead, she pours all her energy into her family, spending her days waiting for her husband Nick to arrive home from work, and anxiously awaiting her children's return from school. This dependence causes Mabel to suffer a nervous breakdown, forcing her to spend time in a mental hospital. Meanwhile, Nick struggles mightily to keep his family together. When Mabel returns six months later, dazed and shaken, a "welcome home" party threatens to trigger another collapse.

As the confused, overwhelmed, and hypersensitive Mabel, Rowlands delivers one of the screen's most excruciatingly honest performances. This can directly be attributed to Rowlands's real-life husband Cassavetes, whose insistence on getting to the inner core of his characters' emotional states defined him as an artist. Falk portrays Nick with a harsh yet delicate pathos that is also honest and heartbreaking.
1974: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Actress (Gena Rowlands), Director
1974: Golden Globes: Best Actress - Drama (Gena Rowlands). 4 Nominaciones
1974: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actress (Gena Rowlands)
1974: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Drama Screenplay
1975: San Sebastian Film Festival: Silver Shell & Best Actress (Rowlands)
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