Certain Women

Certain Women

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The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

This triptych of subtly interlocking stories features some of the year’s best performances: Laura Dern plays a lawyer living in a tiny town where nothing much happens outside your random hostage situation; Michelle Williams is building a home on a scenic patch of land outside town; and Kristen Stewart is a young lawyer in training who has agreed to teach a weekly night course.

This is a film about women’s fraught relationships to their environments - in this case, the vast expanse of the American West - and the constricting backdrop of others’ expectations. As with all of Reichardt's films (‘Wendy & Lucy’, ‘Meek’s Cutoff’, ‘Old Joy’), the gems are in the smallest moments - the half smiles, the non-reactions and the silences between two people barely connecting.