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Certain Women

Directed by Kelly Reichardt
United States, 2016


A feature adaptation of Maile Meloy’s short stories about people living in a small town.

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Certain Women Directed by Kelly Reichardt

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Female

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | 4 nominations including: Best Film

2016 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

In the film’s most beautiful and suggestive sequence, Gladstone surprises Stewart with a night-time horseback ride that brings old-fashioned chivalry into the present tense while also flipping around the scenario’s masculine imagery and ideology until it signifies something 180 degrees from its source material. It’s absurd and gorgeous and deeply melancholy.
May 29, 2018
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If Reichardt has rightly been called a minimalist—Robert Bresson and Yasujiro Ozu are also profound influences—she’s a maximalist of repressed passions. Certain Women (2016) is the director’s sixth feature, and in every one, she has required her actors—chosen, perhaps, for their soulful vibe and ability to emote from the inside out—to work really hard at not doing very much while implying they contain multitudes.
September 19, 2017
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Having made a Western and an environmental thriller, Reichardt has come full circle to the heart-on-sleeve intimacies of her devastating Wendy and Lucy. And it’s the Rancher’s story, more populated by horses than by people, that will win your heart. In a closing coda that briefly revisits each story, finding Laura visiting Fuller in jail and Gina sneaking off from Ryan for a quick cigarette break, it’s the Rancher and her dog who own the final shot, and you’ll want to watch them forever.
March 04, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • josé neves's rating of the film Certain Women

    PC. Made from short stories, the film adopts this structure, which implies a perception of incompleteness or draft in its structure. The filmmaker is an exception to the rule of current North-American cinema (if she filmed in the 1970s, she would be a kind of Martin Ritt or Pollack), filming adult stories rigorously framed with a strong awareness of film's space and time. It turns out that...

  • msmichel's rating of the film Certain Women

    The distinct cinematic voice of director Kelly Reichardt is well represented by her latest work; an adaptation of some short stories by Maile Meloy. Reichardt's skill in capturing the inner voice of her characters in a moving and emphatic way makes for an unique (if somewhat dry) viewing experience that offers exceptional performances and strong cinematography by Christopher Blauveit capturing the Montana setting.

  • Mugino's rating of the film Certain Women

    I bristle at facile comments that write off Reichardt as a minimalist auteur, as if a paucity of rapid movement or extremes creates a vacuum. Every moment -- whether quiet, funny or awkward -- is so brimming with motivations, choices, reactions, and reflections that even the things we don't see are imbued with the weight of existence. For a film so "minimal", it lingers with permanence.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film Certain Women

    The first two segments were a bit average, but the third one, about the Brokeback Mountain cowgirls was worth the wait. I would rate ★★★★ if Jamie and Beth's (un)love story was a standalone short film.

  • Jason's rating of the film Certain Women

    As a fan of titles that can register on a couple different levels, I gotta say CERTAIN WOMEN is a ridiculously brilliant title. And the film is phenomenal. Reichardt's best. Probably. (MEEK'S CUTOFF is pretty spectacular.) No director is as good at situating w/ such finesse oft-ignored types of American life soberly within their proper domains. And no filmmaker has ever learned so much about form from short stories.

  • Kamran's rating of the film Certain Women

    Constructs resonant images of great affecting power by way of a measured Fordian rhythm befitting the women and town it at once profiles. These certain women have a certain power within, felt by those around them; Reichardt's compositions convey this power with a Bresonnian lack of embellishment. Sublime, austere filmmaking. 91/100 - Amazing.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Certain Women

    Kelly Reichardt's film quietly observes its Montana set landscape in addition to its titular women, showing them to be powerful yet vulnerable forces through some great use of framing and texture in the cinematography. I loved this movie!

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Certain Women

    Three interconnected stories, linked thematically only by their heroines (who all have some position of authority in a man's world) and Kelly Reichardt's eye for the people of the expansive American West. Got to see this lovely film—her best!—at BAM in a bonus, Reichardt was there for a Q&A. She did her Jesse Eisenberg impression.

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