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Barbara Loden’s one and only feature film has increased in cultural credit in recent years and is today widely lauded as one of the preeminent feminist American films. Loden stars as a working-class woman, who after leaving her miserable marriage, drifts through seedy Pennsylvania bars and motels, and eventually across state lines after becoming involved with a bank robber. With nods to neo-realism and with a Cassavetes-like rawness, Loden uncompromisingly charts the complicated space of a women without a place in society. A must-see for any cineaste.

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“[The film] grows in observation, insight and impact as it goes along.”
“A brilliantly atmospheric film with a superb performance by Loden.”
Chicago Reader
“Searingly honest character study [with a] jagged, unvarnished aesthetic.”
Los Angeles Times
Directed by: Barbara Loden
Featuring: Barbara Loden Michael Higgins Dorothy Shupenes Peter Shupenes Jerome Thier
Year: 1970 Runtime: 102 mins Rating: 18A