Certain Women (2016)
Those familiar with Kelly Reichardt movies will know what they’re in for. Don’t be fooled by the Hollywood ensemble cast (Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart) — Certain Women doesn’t have mainstream appeal. It’s slow moving and driven entirely by moments of stillness and subtle dialogue that entail no grand gestures. Certain Women asks something of the viewer: to interpret these scenes of the extraordinary within the every-day drawing on your own experience.
There is no doubt that this is a “women’s movie,” telling its stories from a decidedly female perspective and problematizing the female experience. Yet, there is something universally familiar within each of these three stories that are loosely connected with each other. And the small, but revealing moments they highlight speak to us without hitting us on the nose.
Point deduction for giving Michelle Williams a 16-year-old daughter; they would have been more believable as sisters.