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Another Woman (1988)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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Grad-school administrative head Marion Post (Gena Rowlands) is in the midst of writing a book. The walls are thin in the apartment she's taken for work purposes, and soon Marion begins listening to the sessions conducted by her neighbor, an analyst. One of the patients is Hope (Mia Farrow), whose marriage is in tatters. As Hope prattles on, Marion begins flashing back to highlights (and lowlights) of her own marriage. Her musings are constantly interrupted by the memory of the man (Gene Hackman)

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Jun 5, 2001

France 2 Cinéma

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (7) | DVD (9)

Film that emerges is brave, in many ways fascinating, and in all respects of a caliber rarely seen.

March 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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A piece of posturing phoniness designed to awe spectators who like their psychodramas third-hand and upscale.

March 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Rowlands' perfectly pitched approach to a demanding role is particularly stunning.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Mr. Allen is becoming an immensely sophisticated director, but this screenplay is in need of a merciless literary editor.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The storytelling is fluid and dramatic -- almost theatrical -- the film glows with light and the design is economically artful.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Once again, Allen has mistaken unfunny for serious, feeling the breath of immortality on his shoulder.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Though not one of Woody Allen's strongest films, this Bergman-like psychological melodrama is too self-conscious and contrived, but the cast, headed by Gena Rowlands and Gene Hackman, is good.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Superbly written and directed by a film-maker at the peak of his creative power, and with a sublime performance by Rowlands to match, this film has not a joke in sight.

March 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Nykvist's photography is impeccable, as is Loquasto's spare production design.

March 23, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Intellectually posturing.

February 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Commercially ignored and critically unheralded even by Allen's own falling standards, [the film is] a sensitive, accomplished, and ambitious picture that deserves notice.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Not Woody's best. He gets serious and that's usually not a good sign.

October 31, 2002
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Sometimes emotionally disengaging, but generally an intelligent Bergman-esque study of one woman's quest for fulfillment.

September 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Celebrates the honesty and courage needed by men and women at midlife to face up to the truth of things and then to change.

June 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It makes for a decidedly uneven, occasionally fascinating, but ultimately rather frustrating experience.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Another Woman

Not a film for everyone, but one that's well written and affecting, with some good performances on show.
November 29, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

Slow think piece but a dynamite showcase for the great talents of Gena Rowlands.
October 19, 2012
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

For those who for whatever reason are not aware, I absolutely love Woody Allen. I thoroughly enjoy his way with words, sarcasm, humor, characters, themes, etc. In more simple terms, he's a comic genius. Ever since the beginning of his career, Woody has done quite well at fulfilling his goal of spitting out a film each year. He's missed a year three or four times, and once or twice he has released two films in one year, but from an omniscient point of view, isn't it rather impressive that his directorial career started in 1969, and since then, he has directed a total of forty-four features? Every so often, Woody has an idea for a non-comedy in mind. Having never seen one of these films, I was curious about ANOTHER WOMAN, a drama about an author who becomes involved with an adulterous incident. While the film does impress after a long string of comedies, it fails to stick out among Woody's entire career.

read it all at themoviefreakblog.com
July 17, 2012
spielberg00

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It's no secret that Woody Allen idolized Bergman (which shouldn't come as much of a shock, since lots of people, myself included, share the same sentiment). He has tried, with mixed results, to make a true homage to the legend with Interiors and September, but with Another Woman, he finally made a film that not only hits the examining, existential notes that Bergman hit routinely, but one that remarkably feels like a Woody Allen film in terms of its incredibly astute screenplay and beautiful staging.

Some have called Another Woman a Wild Strawberries remake, but I would argue that it isn't a remake as much as it is a reimagining, or more to the point, a "repurposing" of the Bergman classic. It is a story of a university professor, played SPECTACULARLY by Gena Rowlands, in whom something stirs when she overhears a therapy session with a young 30-something woman who is discontent with her life. The professor, Marion, feels an emptiness rise inside her -- an emptiness that had settled there years before, that she can consciously feel now. Little by little, like in Interiors but better plotted in Wild Strawberries, the world she has constructed for herself, a cold, cerebral world, deconstructs.

Marion despairs, enters into conflicts with herself, and questions endlessly trying to reason her way out of her malaise. But the cure for her malaise is not rational resolution and she, realizing that her strongest characteristic (namely her rational intelligence) is not enough to untangle what worries her, finds herself entirely helpless in the face of an unraveling existence.

Her drama is very much like the drama of Professor Isak Borg from Bergman's film, a man on his way to receive a medal for his lifetime achievements. And, on the road, he also succumbs to the same malaise as Marion, the same questioning and the same painful re-evaluation. The horror shared by both Marion and Professor Borg, of course, is that despite their highly lauded accomplishments and their intellectual self-satisfaction, they feel a void. There must, in other words, be something else to life than strictly intellectual work, however satisfying it may be.

Another Woman is a testament to the fact that Woody Allen was still at the top of his game in the late 80s. It is a brilliant, honest and perceptive film. It makes one wonder how different Bergman's films would have been if he didn't dismiss the visual sophistication that Allen spent most of his early career developing.

In addressing the criticism of Another Woman, sure, a few beats feel contrived and forceful, but considering the heavy questions being posed, and the unrelenting commitment that Allen has to the material, this film had plenty of opportunities to fall flat on its face, and to its credit, it never does. In fact, it excels thanks to a fantastic script, brilliant performances, and a wise small dose of visual styling. This is Woody Allen at the height of his powers.
November 5, 2011
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