Certain Women (2016)
“★★★★ Triumphant… an indelible portrait of independent women... ”
Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and Lilly Gladstone star in one of the most critically lauded films of 2016.
Based on Maile Meloy's short story collection, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, Certain Women weaves in-and-out of the lives of a small-town lawyer (Dern); a woman building a country house (Williams); a night-school teacher (Stewart) and an isolated ranch hand (Gladstone).
Shifting gear from her 2013 release Night Moves, Kelly Reichardt is back in the more familiar territory of unhurried studies of time, place and human relations. The plot points driving each character aren’t the immediate concern, rather these various backdrops serve as contained universes to dive into these richly textured characters.
For her seventh feature film, Reichardt has assembled a cast featuring some of the finest actors working today. In her role as the harried night school teacher, Kristen Stewart offers another revelatory performance full of bristling, nervous energy. Likewise, Laura Dern and Reichardt-regular Michelle Williams, bring their characters to life with effortless grace, while newcomer Lilly Gladstone brings a heart-wrenching honesty that makes Certain Women unforgettable.
Winner of numerous awards including Best Film at the 2016 London Film Festival, Kelly Reichardt’s latest film confirms her as one of cinema’s foremost directors.