Mabel Longhetti (née Monstensen) is the titular main protagonist of the 1974 film, A Woman Under the Influence. She's the wife of construction worker Nick Longhetti and a mother of three kids. After coming down with an unknown mental illness, she's temporarily sentenced to a mental institution.
She was portrayed by Gena Rowlands.
Why She Rocks
- Gena Rowlands does an incredible job portraying the New York housewife.
- She's a frighteningly realistic portrayal of a mentally ill person and consequences it can result in. Even more notable is that she's basically a self-portrait of John Cassavetes and his relationship with Gena Rowlands.
- A majority of people would say how crazy and mentally ill she was, but when you really think about it, she's probably the sane one when compared to her husband, considering she had at least tried to be normal, but when Nick was left to look after his kids,
- When she's not having breakouts, she's known for being very sweet and tender, but this sweetness is partially fake since it's inspired by a double fear of rejection and confrontation from her husband, which makes her pretty insecure of herself.
- Despite all of her outbreaks and unexpected actions, she truly wants what's best for her husband, kids and closest ones, and she does what she can to manage her struggles with her unpredictable illness, which makes her a pretty sympathetic and relatable even with all of her troubling flaws.