Certain Women


Sequoia 1 Sun, Oct 16, 2016 11:00 AM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:107 min.
Director:Kelly Reichardt
Producer:Neil Kopp
Vincent Savino
Anish Savjani
Screenwriter:Kelly Reichardt
Cinematographer:Christopher Blauvelt
Editor:Kelly Reichardt
Cast:Laura Dern
Michelle Williams
Lily Gladstone
Kristen Stewart
James Le Gros
Jared Harris
Print Source:IFC Films
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong


The indispensable Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, MVFF 2008) continues her exploration of quiet lives and open spaces with this adaptation of three Maile Meloy stories. Set with great regional specificity in Montana, the film richly portrays several women at a personal or professional crossroads. Gina, coveting sandstone for the house she's building with her husband; Laura, a lawyer contending with a volatile client; and Jamie, a young ranch hand besotted with her adult education teacher: these complex characters have lives that intersect in subtle ways, and all share the inchoate desire for something more or different from what they already possess. In depicting their efforts to break free of quotidian constraints, Reichardt balances the emotional valences with inimitable grace and delicacy. Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, and Lily Gladstone sublimely bring the protagonists to life while cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt delivers counterpoint to their interior struggles with a visual palette evoking their hopes, dreams, and desires.

Guest in attendance 10/8: Kelly Reichardt (director)

Additional Information

Kelly Reichardt was born in Miami and holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She directed the short films Ode (99), Then a Year (01), and Travis (04), and the feature Old Joy (06). Her films River of Grass (94), Wendy and Lucy (08), Meek's Cutoff (10), and Night Moves (13) have all played at the Festival.