A drunk woman is taken home by a man. He carries her passed-out body inside and forces himself on her. Rape is implied.
The two leads kiss and are seen clothed in bed (sex not implied).
No nudity, except for some children as they change into costume. The naked children in the film were children of the crew members and cast and the context of the scene is not at all sexual.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


“Women in power” is the work of John kasowitz, a famous American underground experimental film director, in 1974. This film won the Oscar nomination for best director. The actress Mabel in the film was the director’s wife, famous actress Gina Roland. She also won the Oscar nomination for best actress in that year, The film also won the actress a series of best actress titles at the Golden Globe Award, the American National Review Association, the St. Sebastian International Film Festival and the Kansas film critic award. The film describes a series of twists and turns of an ordinary American blue collar couple, from the fission of various disputes led by trivial and unhappy life at the beginning, fierce struggle and confrontation, to the final inexplicable sudden reconciliation. The title of the film is a woman under the influence, which is literally translated into affected women, but it also has another Chinese name, women under power. Of course, this translation is a little different from the literal translation, but I prefer women under power: first, the word power is oppressive and mandatory, which can better reflect mAb’s dilemma; In addition, the word is cool and drag, tends to derogatory and condemnation, and can better clarify the direction of force application of the film.

Chameleon mAb:

The maybes have their own difficulties. The first scene at the beginning is Nick, the husband of a blue collar worker, trekking and working in the river. This scene sets the tone for the whole film. It implies that life is like this fast-moving River, in which people are struggling. The three children who suddenly jumped out, the small and oppressive residence, the dining room and bedroom shared a room, the old and tired Mabu, the busy and dirty husband day and night, the night of husband and wife easily destroyed, a lot of hungry men visited in the morning, and the sick mother who needed care Both mAb and Nick are poor people under the weight of heavy life. They even have little time to rest, not to mention the chance to breathe.

Mei Bu was crushed by life and began to become hysterical. Like an ant on a hot pot, she couldn’t find a place where she could be satisfied and peaceful. She tried to play various roles angrily and repressively. She could not hide her boredom, resentment, anger, depression and loneliness, which frightened the characters and environment she needed to please and serve. From an empty night to a deliberately forgetful mistress in the morning, to a day-to-day wife who can take care of more than a dozen men and eat at the same time, she sent away her three children and couldn’t wait to be alone with her husband, but when she was alone, her love had long dissipated; She got up from the empty bed and became a hysterical mother. She greeted her children anxiously and affectionately, but she couldn’t handle the relationship with the parents of the children in the neighborhood. She was misunderstood and beaten, and became a cunning mental patient who tried to escape punishment in the name of love, but she was not a professional actress after all, She could not hide her condemnation and hatred towards her husband, which made her husband finally decided to force her to stay in the mental hospital and suffer from inhuman electric shock therapy; When she returned home, she was full of grievances and became a tough and unyielding female fighter. However, her relatives and friends left one after another. Behind her were three weak sons. She had to deal with her husband’s ruthless fist and scolding with bare hands and blood. Yielding and becoming a wife in step with her husband seems to be the only way for her to save herself from being sent to a mental hospital and reunite with her children.

Gina gave the best character performance behind this character, revealing the character’s complex and changeable heart, the need to please others, and the hatred and distortion long suppressed in her heart in a hierarchical and orderly manner one by one through rich and exaggerated expressions and body language similar to the close-up stage play. Mabu sometimes resents and curses, sometimes pitiful, sometimes gentle and beautiful, sometimes crazy and arrogant, sometimes ugly, sometimes beautiful, sometimes women, sometimes men. The audience sometimes pity her, sometimes fear her, sometimes sympathize with her, and sometimes wonder. Immersed in Gina’s clever, complex and vivid performance, they can feel the heavy fog shrouded in human nature and appreciate the treachery and fickleness of the people’s heart.

Mei Bu likes listening to classical music. She dances to classical music and expresses her yearning for freedom, self-reliance and irresponsibility. However, she is always difficult to get rid of her heavy roles and is nailed to the mud board of real life; Trying hard to get rid of can only lead to the negation and disgust of others and cause damage to herself. When she spoke for her rights, no one thought she was normal. On the contrary, everyone thought that she was crazy to abandon her role and resist her husband’s humiliating tradition.

When husband Nick and his mother found their little daughter Maria who was stripped and running around, Nick’s mother accused Mabu of failing to fulfill her mother’s obligations; When Nick found her sitting in the same bed with her male neighbor, he suddenly tore his face from a good husband who endured his wife’s madness into a fierce man. He did not hesitate to attack Mabu, scold her, misunderstand her, distrust her, and betrayed and hurt Mabu’s chaotic and fragile body and mind again. The failure of the dual roles of mother and wife sent Mabu to a mental hospital. The audience originally sympathized with Nick’s experience, but as he gradually lost patience and tolerance towards Mabu: from the initial public reprimand to the final unscrupulous repeated use of violence, we re-examine the man who endured humiliation and felt his arbitrary and cold heart. After Mabu was sent to the mental hospital, Nick had to act as a temporary mother and take care of his three children. At this time, he experienced Mabu’s heavy family tasks and realized that Mabu was exhausted after his daily life. However, this did not make him understand his wife and son, but only forced him to wait more eagerly for his wife to return home and violence her without hesitation, So she hurriedly and obediently returned to her family position and took the responsibility of taking care of the family.

Chameleon’s counterattack:

On the contrary, months of electric shock treatment and isolation from her relatives exacerbated her hatred and loneliness. At the welcome party, she explicitly asked for her father’s assistance, but her parents sat idly by and left for an excuse; When only she and her husband were left, she was like a desperate dog, full of humiliation and anger, and had to fight back one last time.

Similar to the narrow scene of chamber drama, it is full of a sense of tension and expression. The complex interaction and confrontation of characters make this climax intense, ups and downs, and closely attract the attention of the audience. This is mAb’s last fight. Like a female wolf that the Jedi fought back, she denounced her husband, attacked him, and then fled and fled. She tried to defend herself and protect the children. She danced on the sofa in an attempt to free herself and save herself, but she was knocked to the ground by her husband’s precise punch.

The children acted as the entourage of the mother in the family war. In their eyes, the mother was so lonely and pitiful that the director never showed special treatment and preference for Mabu from beginning to end. However, in this last fight, the director expressed his assistance to Mabu through the rescue of the children. The children dragged the violent father, chasing and defending the desperate mother. At this moment, I’m afraid only they can see and feel the mother’s collapse and injury. The door is closed, outsiders will never intervene in family disputes, and mother has no other Savior. Weak and small, they protect their staggering mother and run and cry among their enemy parents; The son tried to resist his powerful father and waved his fist at him. Although these forces were very little, the whole scene seemed so shocking and moving.

At that moment, we can realize how lonely Mabu has always been. Only the weak son defends her. She is so weak that she can’t speak, exert force and free herself. She could only faint and retreat, lying on the floor bleeding; The husband, however, did not take into account that she was a patient who had just returned from the mental hospital. She became irritable and fierce. She was different from the person who had a party to cordially welcome her return. It is worth noting that Nick’s Italian family background. Many Italian families are characterized by the “patriarchal” family tradition, which is reflected in the godfather. Nick’s father died, but his mother, a tough, strong and rational woman, continued the family tradition and acted as a “parent” image to modify Nick’s family. In a family, in fact, there are many power comparisons and disputes between the strong and the weak. The relationship between the closest people is also treacherous and unpredictable. The strong man is the master of the family and creates the law of family life. He does not hesitate to receive benefits without merit and accept the silent pay of other family members. For disobedient family members, he also has so many, so powerful and so ruthless means to force them to give in and force them to bear hard labor and obligations. These wrists include physical violence and spiritual destruction. Husband Nick seems to be the victim of his wife’s madness, but in fact, he is not the culprit of his wife’s madness and disorder, and the first person to hurt his wife?

Mab is not a silent person willing to be humiliated. After being scolded by her husband in public, she still vented her dissatisfaction and struggle. On how to deal with and get rid of difficulties, she has her own set of logical, smart and ingenious methods. When she uses up one role, she jumps into another. After her confrontation with her husband fails, she quickly uses their love to try to get salvation; After her failure, she changed another face and strongly accused others of being crazy. In the combination of soft and hard, she quickly got tired of this series of roles to please others and these strategies. Constant external pressure and stimulation made her change and repeat various tricks like a chameleon. She kept covering up and exposing her true heart; Constantly camouflage, and constantly follow the real thoughts and voices in your heart; She constantly reshapes and tears her regular role; She kept running away and couldn’t help returning to fight back, which came from her instinctive unwillingness and dignity. All kinds of emotions passed on Mabu’s face, which was almost ferocious and distorted, aggravated the complexity and profundity of the woman, aggravated her madness and incomprehension, deepened others’ misunderstanding and distance to her, and led to her final division and self abandonment.

Gina gave a vivid and legendary interpretation of a complex woman who didn’t want to give up but wanted to please the environment. In life, each of us is a helpless chameleon, actively or passively changing masks. Sometimes the environment changes faster than our response, and sometimes the change is slower than us; Or our changes are inconsistent with the outside world, or just consistent. Of course, there are too few consistent times. Most of our life is in the process of difficult discoloration and tossing and turning adaptation, which makes it difficult for us to achieve success or failure. Change makes us adapt to the environment, and change also changes our hearts; We are consciously or unconsciously changing ourselves and the environment. Mabu is a difficult woman to judge. For a housewife with a closed life, family may be the whole living space and significance for her. She was tired, but found herself unable to get rid of it; She wanted to go out, but found that she had no way to escape.

Famous ending:

Mabu had to succumb to the tyrannical ideological system and environment to seek survival and peace. From this level, we understand her as a woman, under her unpredictable appearance, the sad heart that has been difficult to stick to herself, and understand her deep passivity and loneliness. Therefore, we can understand the end that many people can’t understand: why can Mabu suddenly reconcile with her husband after fierce disputes and resistance and pacifying the children to sleep? They smile and tacitly make the bed, as if none of this had happened. Because this is what the family wants her to present and what she does; After all kinds of resistance failures, she resolutely and quickly returned to the family, succumbed to her husband and became a virtuous and “normal” wife. The chameleon, unable to break free from its cage, obediently adapts to the environment and changes color to survive. And all her vigorous efforts before that turned into a silent farce.

So far, the story of a chameleon’s resistance came to an end. The director successfully analyzed the numerous parts and split sides of human nature in family life, deeply analyzed the subtle and complex multiple relationships and contradictions between the characters, and reflected and interpreted the sad and happy drama of the great law of survival in the social and family jungle. The law of the jungle is indestructible, and the life order defined by the strong is of high importance, Although the resistance from the pursuit of freedom and dignity is instinctive, it will eventually pay a heavy price. Yielding goes against the original intention and giving up is so difficult, but sometimes they are undoubtedly an effective path to liberation and peace.

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