A Woman Under the Influence (Dir. John Cassavetes) is a 1974 drama about a woman that develops an odd behavior during the process of becoming a housewife and mother and is soon committed to a mental institution for several months by her domineering, construction worker husband. While she’s away it becomes apparent that the husbands behavior is just as odd and maybe even the reason for her mental state. The plot is brilliant in how it takes a stance from both points-of-view to challenge the way society sees marriage, gender and social consciousness. The central conflict relishes on a husband and wife trying to maintain a family and marriage within their means and social status. Dual views add perspective to how the masculinity of man is essentially a joke and deeds a solid perspective towards woman using their femininity to manipulate and self-destruct. The reversals are shaped in several stages throughout the narrative as we slowly discover that the committed may actually be more sane than the so-called normal. Its almost as if the seal of approval from society forces these two personalities to clash by falling victim to stereo-types and conventional representations of mental illness. The message being: Is this woman crazy? Is she making her family crazy? Did her family make her crazy? there is not an actual answer to any of these question in the film and that is exactly what makes this film brilliant. The challenges concerning socialism and mental illness.