While other reviewers vilify Falk, I see a good and honest man, who rages in service of keeping the family together and grounding his wife. Sure, he has a bit of a temper ( definitely not malicious or abusive). But I would argue that that is the very thing needed to not give up on his wife and family. So rage, rage against the dying of the light... ;)
Gena Rowlands' turns in one of the best performances I have ever seen. Throughout this film, Mabel is doing her best to give all of her love and support to those around her. At times, she comes up short and reprimanded for it, but the only crime she committed was caring too much. Scenes in this movie have a tendency to get under the skin and cause discomfort, but it all feels necessary. Worth the extensive run time.
One of the most important independent films ever made, Cassavetes' "A Woman Under The Influence" still holds strong today. A truly disturbing film in the best way possible, brought on by Gena Rowland's iconic and immortal performance. An intense and realistic tale of how devastating mental illness can be. Sometimes a film needs to be challenging, and few are on par with this masterpiece.
I always watch it twice in a row because I just don't want to let go of the emotions and a strange humble fearlessness I get when watching it. I believe it is the best film of Cassavetes & Rownalds. Like in all of his films the scene is set not just by the characters, but by pieces of furniture, doors, piece of clothing, by silence... I recommend to listen to this audio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCfsX1tb76w
WUTI is the archetype of the style of filmmaking that saw one filmmaker after the other blur the line between reality and fiction. An approach that's not always successful, but Cassavettes was the master of it and WUTI is his magnum opus. This is excruciating to watch at times as both Rowlands and Falk take turns being in agony. But the apex of a moment in narrative cinema that is looked at fondly for good reason.
it's hard to find the right words to describe how much i like this film. rowlands is unforgettable. the longhettis feel incredibly human and relatable. we truly get an insight into the lives of the average blue-collar american family and the struggles of a (then) modern housewife. all this and the fact that this birthed american independent cinema makes this a sure-fire hit in my book
The marriage between someone with mental illness and someone close to a psychopath. Incredible film that grips you and emotionally tears you. Until the brilliant final moment, with the silly music and the two having a little bit of a normal time.