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Financed by Columbia Pictures, this fascinating combination of gritty urban drama and well-worn crime genre clichés follows the burgeoning relationship that develops between an ex-mob mistress, Gloria, and a young boy (the remarkable John Adames) whose family have been murdered.

The pair goes on the run as the gangsters close in. Thanks to John Cassavetes and a tour-de-force performance by Gena Rowlands, the film goes well beyond its mainstream genre trappings, becoming a striking exploration of emotional resilience, personal agency and the limits of one’s own humanity.