lørdag 26. november 2011

"Unpleasant Realism"


Year: 1974
Country: United States
Language: English
Number: 582
Director: John Cassavetes
Starring: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands

John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence is an amazingly realistic movie, to realistic, that one can be truly emotionally engaged and shocked, and scared of the out come of the characters themselves. Richard Dreyfuss have stated that he throw up during the film. This is a picture made from Cassavetes own soul, he spend his own money producing the film, and got some help from our leading man Peter Falk, who plays it's excellent along with Cassavetes' first lady Gena Rowlands who is even twice as good as Falk. They both really are those mentally ill people they are portraying.

A Woman Under the Influence is the story about the married couple Mabel (Rowlands) and Nick Longhetti (Falk) who is both what we can call mentally ill, though Nick is also insane, in are less harmful and more reliable way then Mabel is. Mabel seems to live in a 
different world than her husband which is not the real one. The only thing that holds their marriage together is their love for each other.

A Woman Under the Influence is one of those movies I like to call "unpleasant realism". It's a harrowing story, with real people and real issues, Insanity, and how it's effects the families, friends and specially the children which really horrified me, it was so terrible that If I had the power to really interact in a movie, it would have been this one, and the thing I would have done was called child services right away. Gene Rowlands delivers her sole greatest performance in her whole career.

Grade: A+

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