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Another Woman (1988)

PG | | Drama | 18 November 1988 (USA)
Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gena Rowlands ... Marion
Mia Farrow ... Hope
Ian Holm ... Ken
Blythe Danner ... Lydia
Gene Hackman ... Larry
Betty Buckley ... Kathy
Martha Plimpton ... Laura
John Houseman ... Marion's Father
Sandy Dennis ... Claire
David Ogden Stiers ... Young Marion's Father
Philip Bosco ... Sam
Harris Yulin ... Paul
Frances Conroy ... Lynn
Fred Melamed ... Patient's Voice / Engagement Party Guest
Kenneth Welsh ... Donald
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Storyline

Having recently turned fifty, Marion feels that she has led a so far blessed life. The well-respected Dean of Philosophy at a women's college, she is currently on sabbatical to write her latest book. Although her first husband Sam died tragically fourteen years ago from a mixture of alcohol and pills, she has recently remarried to Ken, who, married at the time, pursued her, while Ken's writer friend, Larry, also professed his love for her. She has a good relationship with her step-daughter Laura, seemingly better than Laura has with either Ken or Laura's own volatile mother, Kathy. Between her and her brother Paul, Marion always had the attention of their academic father. And she and Ken have a wide circle of friends with who they regularly and willingly socialize. But a series of incidents with these people in her life makes Marion wonder about the decisions that she's made, most specifically whether her cerebral and judgmental nature has been alienating to those around her. One of ... Written by Huggo

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Relationships and the choices we make in life

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La otra mujer See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,196, 16 October 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,562,749
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Debut appearance in a Woody Allen film for actress and actors Blythe Danner, Philip Bosco, and David Ogden Stiers. For each, this would be the first of multiple appearances in Allen movies. See more »

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In the credits, Erik Satie's Gymnopédie No. 3 is listed. However, it is Gymnopédie No. 1 which is played in the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Marion: [voiceover] If someone had asked me when I reached my fifties to assess my life, I would have said that I had achieved a decent measure of fulfillment, both personally and professionally. Beyond that, I would say I don't choose to delve.
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Lovely to Look At
(1935)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh
Performed by Bernie Leighton
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This film blew me away
19 February 2002 | by andrew7See all my reviews

I just watched this last night, and I've been thinking about it all day. What an amazing film! So poignant, so subtle. A woman re-evaluates her life and begins to lament the choices she made years ago. Such a simple premise, such immense possibilities.

This film demands a lot of its audience. There is no humor, no action, and very little plot. Most people won't be into this at all, I imagine, which is a shame. This film offers a really wonderful perspective on a subject that is so very rarely addressed in films today: aging. This film is about a woman taking stock of her life at the age of fifty. She looks back, she sees the choices she made and how they turned out. She sees the compromises she made to get where she is today (very successful, head of a philosophy department, about to write another book), and she begins to appreciate, for the first time, what those compromises cost.

This is, in my opinion, the central tragedy of human existence. You only get one shot at life, and no one ever tells you how to manage it. So, you make mistakes, and one day, when you're fifty, you've finally learned enough to start making the right choices. But, by that time, is it too late? This film doesn't answer that question, at least not for its central character. But it does offer hope.

The film is propelled by several dynamite performances. But, even in such a crowded field of great performances, it is not difficult to pick out Gena Rowlands, who gives an unforgettably nuanced performance as Marion, the film's central character.

You may notice that this film is propelled by a number of coincidences. Every chance encounter, however, has an eerie relevance to Marion's soul-searching. It may look contrived, but it isn't. These aren't coincidences at all. The pregnant woman, played by Mia Farrow, is instrumental in setting up each of these 'coincidences', and that character's name is Hope. I was half-expecting a "Fight Club" revelation at the end, but it never came, which is good. This film could stand both ways, and it's better for the director to leave the audience to consider the relationship between Hope and Marion on their own. Like I said, I've been thinking about it all day.


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