I do agree that there is a postmodern novelty in the way it's like an anti-version of the 'flawed adult becomes parental figure to wayward child' model. But it's very frustrating in the way few gains are actually made throughout the movie, partly because the child character is an abrasive, misogynistic racist who refuses to give Gloria any kind of trust for most of the movie. Love Gena Rowlands, though.
beautiful opening credits promissed so much! and in the end left me dissapointed. i got quite puzzled by this film and its general weirdness, now when i think about it it's very Coen'ish in its postmodern play with the genre.. there is also some great dialogue and gena is TOUGH.
Somewhere between three and four stars.... Gena Rowlands is fantastic in this, I loved watching her. 1970s New York City grungy and real. Cassavetes films, for me, always go a little too far on the realism but the jeopardy sort of works in spite of the plot holes. The kid's dialogue is so adult..feels creepy and wrong. Gloria belongs to Gena Rowlands.
Maybe all the ridiculous gun fights and implausible plot twists were deliberate to heighten the absurdity of the violent, "strong man" figure that the media oversells, yuxtaposed with the violent love that emerges between a mother and a child (by blood or by circumstance), and is a source of true strength that is often overlooked... Or maybe Casavettes was drunk when he wrote it. It's hard to say.
Primarily watched it for Gena and her supreme everything,though the child actor wasn't terrible I suppose. But what truly bothers me is the gaping unresolved plot point of Gloria's cat? I feel I have no closure now... then again, that's what comes with misplaced maternal instincts, perhaps not "every woman is a mother" after all? I'll stop now