Certain Women premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2016. This movie is the poster child for the women’s parity movement. It has a female director, writer, and editor in Kelly Reichardt and excellent female leads. I have always found the intersection of unrelated lives an interesting premise. The vignettes were slow and plodding and I didn’t really develop any empathy for the characters. Laura (Laura Dern) is an adulterous lawyer with a loser client (Jared Harris). Gina (Michelle Williams) is a controlling wife and mother who is only concerned with getting what she wants. The third story is the most interesting with the Rancher (Lily Gladstone), a lonely ranch hand who makes a connection with Beth (Kristen Stewart), the visiting teacher. I guess these are supposed to be strong women, but do truly strong women surround themselves with weak men? The glimpses into these women’s lives are not very dramatic or thought provoking. The Rancher was the only character to make a big gesture to change her life, the other two women just kept their status quo. The intersections of their story lines are so brief and uneventful you may even miss them. The movie is filmed in Montana where the scenery is beautiful but still leaves you with a cold, bleak and dreary feeling. This movie received many glowing reviews, but it seems to me those critics are drinking the #TimesUp KoolAid. I cannot recommend this movie. It feels self-important and pretentious with not a lot to back it up.
Our Rating – Certain Women
Certain Women – Official Trailer
The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.
Certain Women Q & A Sundance 2018
|Principle Cast||Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone, Kristen Stewart, Jared Harris|
|Production Companies||Film Science, Stage 6 Films|
|Run Time||107 minutes|
|Premier||Sundance Film Festival 2016|