Another Woman

Synopsis: Writer/director Woody Allen delivers a powerful, “searing adult drama” (Leonard Maltin) examining the life of an accomplished philosophy professor teetering on the brink of self-understanding. Boasting a superb cast led by Gena Rowlands, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm and Gene Hackman, Another Woman is Allen’s 17th triumphant film. Stylistically rich and technically expert, the film layers past and present, dialogue and narration, reality and metaphor, to achieve a “lucidity and compassion of an order virtually unknown in American movies” (Time Magazine).

Intelligent, accomplished and happily married, Marion (Rowlands) considers her life fulfilling…until a chance encounter with a troubled stranger (Farrow) offers her a brief but piercing glimpse at her inner emptiness. Drifting in a loveless marriage and denying her feelings for another man (Hackman), Marion is shocked when she accidentally learns of her husbands (Holm) infidelity. Taking this as a sign to change her life, Marion confronts the true depth of her own emotional hunger…and the frightening intensity of a passion she has ignored for too long.
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Another Woman 7.0

Woody Allen drags out another drama laden with… infidelity. Sigh. You just can’t flog a horse dead enough, methinks.

Thankfully, this time around there’s an extra layer to it: the lead character (played by Gena Rowlands) is confronted with, and faces up to, a lot of the realities of her life. That element alone is worth the trip, because it does have something to say about the perceptions that we have of ourselves and how they hold up to outsiders’ perceptions of us.

Of course, this brings up many reflective dialogues with her husband and her family and many things start shifting in her life – some good, some not-so-good. It’s a bit sad to see a middle-aged woman finally getting around to doing all the introspective work she should have done years earlier, and cleaning house a bit, but it’s still interesting to watch.

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