A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.
An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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Peter Falk is a blue collar man trying to deal with his wife's mental instability. He fights to keep a semblance of normality in the face of her bizarre behavior, but when her actions affect their children, he has her committed.Written by
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To help fund the film, John Cassavetes remortgaged his home and Peter Falk chipped in with some of his earnings from Columbo (1971). When no one wanted to buy "Influence", Cassavetes spent $750,000, most of it his own money, to release it, with the guidance of young distributor Jeff Lipsky. He helped to "four-wall" or rent out movie theaters to show the film and it ended up playing around the world, eventually grossing $12 million. See more »
When Nick pulls up to the construction site in his pick up truck, the truck comes to a complete stop in the wide shot. In the close-up on the opposite side of the truck, it's still moving. See more »
A fascinating study of mental illness, "A Woman Under the Influence" rests on two strengths - the spectacular performances by Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands, and Cassavetes's groundbreaking style of direction. Everything about this movie is so real and honest. It feels like a home movie or a documentary looking into the lives of some very real people. Most films feel the need to dramatize and stylize the story. This film paints the picture exactly the way it is. Some people may be bothered by the direction, but, like it or not, you can't deny Cassavetes's talent.
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