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One To Watch: A Woman Under the Influence

One of the best screen performances of all time, and one of Cassavetes' greatest achievements

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Oct 5, 2016

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WHY TO WATCH: Why do you need to see A Woman Under the Influence, playing Saturday, October 8 at 6pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox? For its unbelievable lead performance by Gena Rowlands (filmmaker Cameron Mitchell calls it "the greatest performance I've ever seen on film.") And for Peter Falk's similarly excellent work. For the depth of personal feeling, sensitivity, and intelligence in the film's take on sexual politics. Because it is one of the most perfect tales of imperfect love and heartbreak in cinematic history. See it — or see it again — as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen.

THE CRITICS' TAKE:

"John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence gives us a woman whose influences only gradually reveal themselves. And as they do, they give us insights not only into one specific, brilliantly created, woman but into some of the problems of surviving in a society where very few people are fully liberated."

Roger Ebert for RogerEbert.com

"If A Woman Under the Influence is Cassavetes’ most probing, as well as most focused work, it is because the filmmaker’s sensitivity and characteristically tolerant view of people." - Inge Fossen for Senses of Cinema

"This is still probably my favourite film. It forces a kind of empathy on the viewer that they're not used to experiencing, by its detail, its truth and by its hope at the end." - Cameron Mitchell for The Guardian