A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence


    Mabel Longhetti, desperate and lonely, is married to a Los Angeles municipal construction worker, Nick. Increasingly unstable, especially in the company of others, she craves happiness, but her extremely volatile behavior convinces Nick that she poses a danger to their family and decides to commit her to an institution for six months. Alone with a trio of kids to raise on his own, he awaits her return, which holds more than a few surprises.

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    • Gena RowlandsMabel Longhetti
    • Peter FalkNick Longhetti
    • Fred DraperGeorge Mortensen
    • Lady RowlandsMartha Mortensen
    • Katherine CassavetesMargaret Longhetti
    • Matthew LabyorteauxAngelo Longhetti
    • Matthew CasselTony Longhetti
    • Christina GrisantiMaria Longhetti
    • George DunnGarson Cross
    • Mario GalloHarold Jensen


    • 100

      Chicago Sun-Times

      A Woman Under the Influence gives us a woman whose influences only gradually reveal themselves. And as they do, they give us insights not only into one specific, brilliantly created, woman but into some of the problems of surviving in a society where very few people are fully liberated.
    • 100

      Time Out

      An astonishing, compulsive film, directed with a crackling energy.
    • 100

      Entertainment Weekly

      Rowlands gives a harrowing performance as a housewife coming unhinged.
    • 90

      The Telegraph

      One of the rawest, toughest, most emotionally scalding portraits of a marriage ever put on screen.
    • 90

      The A.V. Club

      Falk and Rowlands—in performances of almost indescribable intensity—detail a marriage anchored by love, but tossed by the expectations of others and the unpredictable swell of madness.
    • 90

      Village Voice

      Falk and the rest of the cast are exceptional—even the smallest roles feel spot-on—but Rowlands (who will be on hand for the opening-night screening) is the film.
    • 80


      An exceptional film anchored by love and set alight with the unpredictability of mental health, this is a must for Cassavetes fans and newcomers alike.
    • 80

      TV Guide Magazine

      Tough-minded, moving study of a working-class housewife's mental breakdown, enhanced by superb performances from Rowlands, in the title role, and Falk as her husband.

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