A terrifyingly real, dissonant duet between two of the most disturbingly sick yet recognizable characters ever. Despite coming in at an absurd running time, the film is infused with a sense of dread and anxiety that never lets up. Captures the maddening inscrutability that makes complex domestic problems so hard to solve. Messy and imperfect (would you really prefer the alternative?), but unforgettable.
It takes courage and trust for a director to let a performance carry a film this way without compromising the plot. Rowland gives the most devastating interpretation ever captured in film and Cassavetes uses that power to assemble the most vivid representation of marriage. A Woman Under The Influence might be rude, heavy and unapologetic but it carries every component that makes cinema such a special expression.