Another Woman

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  • PG
  • 1988
  • 1 hr 22 min
  • 7.2  (14,898)

Another Woman is a 1988 drama film directed by the legendary Woody Allen. Starring Gena Rowlands as the lead character, the movie is an introspective study of the life of Marion, a middle-aged philosophy teacher, who looks back upon her life choices and navigates through her present relationships. Marion is a successful, accomplished woman who seems to have everything she's ever wanted. She is married to a wealthy and celebrated physician (Ian Holm) but their marriage has been devoid of passion for a long time. Instead, Marion is soon drawn to the apartment next to hers when she starts hearing the confessional monologues of Hope, a patient therapist who uses her neighbor's apartment to meet her patients. Through these overheard monologues, Marion learns much more about herself, her relationships, and her past than she ever could have imagined.

As Marion begins to scrutinize her life, she realizes how unlike the person she thought she was. She's cold and unapproachable to her emotionally distant husband, uncomfortable with her step-daughter's hostile behavior towards her, and indifferent towards the men she's involved with. The only person she is close to is her long-time friend, Claire (Mia Farrow), who seems to empathize with her struggles. As Marion starts to examine her shortcomings, she realizes the edges of the disguise she's lived behind her entire life.

The film takes a philosophical approach in telling Marion's story. Allen masterfully intertwines the musings of Marion with the emotions and situations of the people around her. Marion's re-examination of her life is portrayed with a visual and aural intensity, amidst the backdrop of winter in New York City. The parallels between Marion's life and the narratives in the therapist's monologues produce a fascinating character study that delves deep into the human psyche.

Gena Rowlands gives a bravura performance as Marion, demonstrating a rich complexity that only a great actress could bring out. Her portrayal is subtle, nuanced, and a true representation of Marion's inner emotional landscape. Mia Farrow is equally impressive as Claire, adding the perfect balance to the intensity of the film. Ian Holm delivers a restrained performance, portraying emotions brewing beneath the surface.

The film's production design is integral to its atmosphere. The interiors of the two apartments create a sense of paralleled isolation, and the wintry New York setting accentuates Marion's feeling of inner desolation. The camera work, by the renowned cinematographer Sven Nykvist, is exemplary, capturing both the beauty and the unyielding nature of New York City. Meanwhile, the moody jazz score compliments the film's somber tone perfectly.

Another Woman is one of Woody Allen's most accomplished works. It's a contemplative and introspective study of the human psyche, weaving reflections of characters into the film's complex narrative. The film's themes of self-realization, self-deception and self-examination are profound and universal, and resonates with viewers on multiple levels.

Overall, Another Woman is a cinematic gem that offers a level of depth and sophistication rarely found in modern cinema. Its meditative, psychological and intellectual aspects provides for an engrossing movie-watching experience that is bound to captivate both Allen's fans and newcomers to this genre.

Another Woman is a 1988 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 22 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    7.2  (14,898)