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John Cassavetes raw study of the light/art blur

Indie godhead John Cassavetes’ authentic aesthetic deepens the genre beats of backstage melodrama and ghost story in this slippery but stinging study of an actress on the verge of a nervous meta-crisis.

Gena Rowlands is magnetically unguarded as a middle-aged star haunted by lost youth and battered by the demands of a menopausal role.

How do you tackle ageing, in life or on stage?

Eliding improvisation and performance, Cassavetes uses self-reflection to illuminate his raw study of the life/art blur, poised on a potent insight: even if all the world’s a stage, its blows can still smart.

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