Another Woman does that rare thing in cinema: it gives a voice to an intelligent person in mid-life considering the meaning of her own life and the choices she has made. You might think this would be a common thing to encounter but I can't think of any examples in British or American cinema where this is quite so clearly the case - except other films by Woody Allen (and John Huston's The Dead, from a male perspective). Here, however, the focus is largely on one character rather than the ensemble pieces he often makes. Gena Rowlands is brilliant in the part. She has the right voice for it and her general demeanor is absolutely on the mark for an academic-type. It is salutary to see how someone who has such insight into philosophy can be deluded about certain things and fallible in her perception of how others see her, as it suggests everyone is in the same boat really. No one can be too sure of these things because they are often so opaque; this seems to be one of the things the film illustrates. It is reminiscent of Bergman, but never goes too far in a Cries and Whispers direction, which makes it rather less harrowing to sit through. There is pain and confusion but it remains more contained. Allen himself has said he hasn't made anything that can stand comparison with figures like Bergman, but I think he may be being too modest! The performances are all strong; a lot of the film's success is down to Rowlands' remarkable screen presence, and she is well supported by Mia Farrow in a memorably plangent role, as well as Gene Hackman and Ian Holm.