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5,955 Ratings

A Woman Under the Influence

Directed by John Cassavetes
United States, 1974


A portrait of domestic turmoil detailing the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and her family’s struggle to save her from herself. A married couple so deeply in love but unable to express their ardor in terms the other can understand.

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A Woman Under the Influence Directed by John Cassavetes

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1975 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

San Sebastián International Film Festival

1975 | Winner: Silver Seashell

1975 | Honorable Mention: OCIC Award

Guided by Cassavetes’s incredible ability, an actor manages to guide the viewer through a structure that has a lot of freedom within it. It’s like when you watch a game and the players are playing it and there’s a set of rules, but the result of the game depends on the skill of the players themselves.
December 03, 2018
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Everything seems so free and wild and organic. It’s like looking at a Fauvist painting—it looks easy and natural, but the amount of energy that’s in the film is something that’s hard to capture. Anyone who has been involved in filmmaking knows that it is almost impossible to get to those levels of truth.
June 01, 2018
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The film presents several scenes of tremendous warmth, with sincere camaraderie, clumsiness, and sensitivity. At the same time, Nick’s inability to relate to Mabel’s affliction leads to explosive aggression and threats of violence.
July 10, 2016
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