A Woman Under the Influence ★★★½

Cassavetes' naturalistic storytelling style successfully gives the film the feel of real life, but Peter Falk's "yelling as acting" threatens the illusion. Gena Rowlands does much better, communicating a lot with just body language. The point of it all is unclear. What influence is she supposed to be operating under? A woman with emotional issues marries a man not equipped to handle her. Things are exactly the same at the end as they were at the beginning. The movie held me, and it has a few heartbreaking moments, but when the end credits came up, I was still waiting for something that would give it meaning.