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TitleAnother Woman (1988)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental Psychiatry
CountryUSA
Length84
GenreDrama
Rating4
DirectorWoody Allen
CastGena Rowlands Mia Farrow Ian Holm Blythe Danner Gene Hackman Martha Plimpton
NotesDon't confuse with TV film of 1994. A philosopher (Rowlands) disciplines herself to write a book. One of the means she uses is to rent an office. But through the ventilation duct in her room she can overhear the conversations in a psychiatrist's office below. At first she tries to muffle the distraction with cushions but then gives in to her curiosity. What she hears only serves to enhance the complications in her own life. She is married to a divorcee with a grown up daughter, she's pursued by another man, and her brother is getting divorced. With the gentle, detailed style of Allen and a superb cast the story slowly unfolds. Her big mistake is to follow one of the patients who she is concerned about only to discover when they come face to face that she is an old friend. The woman invites Rowlands to meet her husband but then because the husband listens attentively to Rowlands becomes insanely jealous. This close examination of people's paranoias has been compared to early Bergman, and one has to say this is done just as well.

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