Woman Under the Influence
John Cassavetes writes and directs this American drama starring Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk. Nick and Mabel Longhetti (Falk and Rowlands) are a happily married couple living in Los Angeles but all that changes when Nick becomes increasingly worried about Mabel's erratic behaviour. Concerned for her mental health, he decides to have her committed to an institution to receive treatment for six months. The film follows Nick trying to cope with life as a single parent to his three kids while Mabel tries to overcome her mental illness in the hope that she can soon return to a normal life at home with her family. The film received two Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Rowlands).