10cf746e54 External links. Critical reception. Shop Blu-rays and DVDs T-Shirts Artwork and Posters Gift Certificates . peter falk may be best remembered as the rumpled detective columbo but he did some wonderful work for cassavettes among others. Left alone with his three children, Nick proves to be neither wiser nor better than his wife in the way he relates to and interacts with them or accepts the role society expects him to play. Written by BA Jacobson Plot Summary Add Synopsis Plot Keywords: marriage love mental illness domestic violence madness See All (92) Genres: Drama Certificate: R See all certifications Parents Guide: View content advisory Edit Details Country: USA Language: English Italian Release Date: 18 November 1974 (USA) See more Also Known As: Eine Frau unter Einflu See more Filming Locations: 1741 N. Her "unidentified mental illness" seems to intensify when her husband mistreats and was physically and verbally abuses her (in my opinion, going a bit crazy after someone slaps you is probably healthier and saner than being polite, demure, and rational).Mabel loves life, shows her love without apology, and is severely punished for it. A Woman Under the Influence has an overall approval rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.. Humans are emotional beings, and this hallow societal expectation of Cassavetes tips his hand and proves his point when Mabel comes home from the institution. According to college student Jeff Lipsky, who was hired to help distribute the film, "It was the first time in the history of motion pictures that an independent film was distributed without the use of a nationwide system of sub-distributors." It was booked into art houses and shown on college campuses, where Cassavetes and Falk discussed it with the audience. It was shown at the San Sebastin Film Festival, where Rowlands was named Best Actress and Cassavetes won the Silver Shell Award for Best Director, and the New York Film Festival, where it captured the attention of film critics like Rex Reed.