Newlyweds need not see John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under The Influence. The film portrays a terribly coo-coo wife and a husband that does not handle any situation properly. The mother of this disaster family is Mable, played fantastically by Gena Rowlands, and she lets it all out.
The film is really a personal look into a family who is deeply troubled by the mental state of the maternal figure. Mable drinks heavily and is promiscuous due to her alcohol abuse. She is extremely emotionally unstable and has mood swings like I never wish to experience in real life. The dynamic of this family and the depth of the relationships are shown extremely well. Mable’s husband’s love for her contrasting with his intense anger due to her actions and interactions with others is an interesting driving force throughout the film. (more…)