On its surface John Cassavetes’ Gloria does not seem like your standard Cassavetes film. The filmmaker known for his more realistic, hand-held style does slide into a more mainstream mode of filmmaking here but does it with such Cassavetes-style that the film becomes inarguably his. Casting his wife Gena Rowlands in the lead role, the filmmaker takes a premise tailor-made for a warm, uplifting family picture and creates a darker portrait of childhood and family. Rowlands stars as Gloria, a tough New York City mob moll put in charge of a young Puerto Rican boy being hunted by gangsters. Much of the film involves Rowland and the boy, played by John Adames, running through the boroughs of New York City taking trains, buses, and cabs all across avoiding danger and trying to find their way out.