The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.
Adapting three short stories by Montana writer Maile Meloy, Kelly Reichardts’ quietly resonate film, explores the interconnected lives of four disparate Montana women. Expertly and delicately plotted, Certain Woman captures subtly transformative periods in each of their lives.
Plotted across three vignettes – a lawyer (Laura Dern) is badgered by an obstinate client (Jared Harris), a mother (Michelle Williams) acquires a pile of sandstone bricks from an elderly family friend and Jamie (Lily Gladstone) a ranch hand who becomes besotted with Beth (Kristen Stewart), a young lawyer who is teaching a night class.
Framed amidst the beautiful Montana landscape, the film chronicles their frustration, success and desires. Certain Women is a quiet, understated film which belies a unique emotional depth.
‘Kelly Reichardt’s wonderful triptych of female character studies confirms her status as the quietest of great American filmmakers.’ – Variety
‘The film never deigns to announce itself as momentous or important, but rather wraps you up in the fabric of everyday life and leaves you there to marvel at the wonder each of these women create.’ – Film Comment
‘A sorrowful tour de force…Montana has seldom looked more ghostly and sparse than it does in [this] wintry tableaux…a very fine picture, indeed.’ – ★★★★ The Irish Times
USA, 2016 |Language: English | 107 minutes | Cert: 12A
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Cast: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Lily Gladstone, Jared Harris