A Woman Under the Influence

A Woman Under the Influence ★★★★★

Thank god for director’s birthdays helping me narrow down what to watch because I am an indecisive fool. 

So incredibly calibrated and planned that it looks and feels effortlessly natural. One of the best examinations of identity I’ve ever seen with a heavy feminist bent. You feel that pull between personas all in Gena Rowland’s performance. She’s a fragile bundle of nerves that’s constantly changing shape dependent on the situation; flirty and charming around her husband’s friends to fun and motherly with her children to lost and anxious around herself. She’s constantly in motion even when the film settles down for some introspection. What a performance! What a woman!

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