when she had a nervous breakdown,there were three people inside room ;doctor,mabel and nick.But When nick went to his work encountered with a strange attitude of his friends.Because they ve already aware of this incident although they were not there at that moment.This detail has very great sense to me.cos I had those kind of gossipy,labeller type friends.the most common type of human that can be encountered in life.
What's that quote about adjustment to a sick society being no measure of health? An indictment, I'd guess personal, of a culture that demands the performance of "normal" and has an arsenal of social pressures to enforce it. Cassavetes' casual-seeming camerawork & sound make for a heavy, almost voyeuristic realism (as does the slow-burn narrative, but with a price paid in run-time). Rowlands & Falk are extraordinary.
I have to be honest with you -- i wasn't entirely on board. The looseness of 1970's independent filmmaking is a little hard to take in 2016 -- when we are spoiled by the ease with which today's indy filmmakers can make magic with a small budget. The lead roles are acted with both feet in the muck -- they're dialled up to 11 throughout the film. Still, the film didn't quite connect with me. But i really wish it did.
This is a story about subjugation. Mabel's condition is a highly dramatic representation of how society's conforming rules can affect an individual, specifically a woman. I personally liked Rowland's performance, I liked her rendition of that constant, painful faith/struggle in becoming the Right wife and mother. Falke was amazing too with his temperamental and problematic character. An intense piece of cinema
A familiar drama led by an outstanding performance by Gena Rowlands: Maple is a very complex and psychologically unstable woman and you can see how her facial expressions, body language and tone of voice reflect that emotional roller coaster. The supporting cast is also great, and you do feel a bit drained watching this dysfunctional family. Those poor kids, they will be so messed-up as adults!
Film students can be such idiots, or at least I was, for finding this too loose and vague. With age, this is a true masterpiece, an emotional gauntlet, and a complex, epic family portrait. Rowlands' mania is exacerbated by Falk, who's monstrous, but a very human monster created by pressure. Both keep hanging on, for those rare moments where it seems like they might really make a happy family after all. Shattering.
this is my first time watching cassavetes, and i'm left wondering: did i not get it? what am i missing? did everyone commenting on this watch another film? was my torrent bad? gena rowlands' performance is terrific, but i don't see the point of the plot, and i feel like i should apologize for that! lol
My initial impression of John Cassavetes as a filmmaker was with The Killing of Chinese Bookie and wasn’t impressed. This, however, is much better, much more emotionally affective film. It features incredibly strong, powerhouse performances from its two leads, and leaves you drained (in a good way). Emotionally visceral and amazingly acted. An impressive masterstroke that hits hard.