Certain Women

USA 2016. Dir: Kelly Reichardt. 107 min. DCP

“In the pantheon of Reichardt, Certain Women ranks up there with her most complete and captivating work.”
APRIL WOLFE, THE VILLAGE VOICE

One of the top five films of 2016
FILM COMMENT, SIGHT & SOUND

VANCOUVER PREMIERE | EXCLUSIVE FIRST RUN | The remarkable new feature by Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy), America’s indispensable indie auteur, is another masterpiece of intimate, understated cinema from the criminally-consistent filmmaker. Based on a trio of Montana-set short stories by Maile Meloy (a departure from the Oregon-set source material of Jon Raymond, who collaborated with Reichardt on her previous four films), Certain Women weaves, with tenderness and dramatic restraint, the intersecting tales of four women over a winter season. Laura Dern is an attorney embroiled in a client’s crisis; Michele Williams (Reichardt’s regular thesp) is a wife, mother, and boss reclaiming sandstone for a second home; and Kristen Stewart is a newly-barred lawyer teaching part-time in a small town, with Lily Gladstone (a revelation) as a lonely, local farmhand attending her class. Though the plot points are few, Reichardt’s brilliance comes from her ability to elicit poetry from the moments in between — from the quiet labours of everyday life. Unavailable for last year's Reichardt retrospective at The Cinematheque, this rich, deeply-rewarding film, one of the best of 2016, is finally receiving its Vancouver premiere.


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REVIEWS

“Arguably the most precise expression of Reichardt’s vision to date.”

New York Times | full review

“Kelly Reichardt fashions a minor miracle ... An unassuming masterpiece.”

The Guardian | full review