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Certain Women
Archived: Certain Women (2016)

director: Kelly Reichardt

composer: Jeff Grace
With: Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Jared Harris, a.o.

duration: 107 minutes
Drama, Litarature

Official Selection - Global Cinema

It's the off-season in Livingston, Montana, where lawyer Laura Wells, called away from a tryst with her married lover, finds herself defending a local laborer named Fuller. Fuller was a victim of a workplace accident, and his ongoing medical issues have led him to hire Laura to see if she can reopen his case. He's stubborn and won't listen to Laura's advice - though he seems to heed it when the same counsel comes from a male colleague. Thinking he has no other option, Fuller decides to take a security guard hostage in order to get his demands met. Laura must act as intermediary and exchange herself for the hostage, trying to convince Fuller to give himself up.

Elsewhere, Gina and Ryan have decided to build a new home outside of town. With their disinterested daughter Guthrie in tow, they visit Albert, an elderly family friend who seems to be fading into senility. Trying to keep Albert focused, Gina gets him to agree to give the couple the pile of unused sandstone on his property so that they can build their home. Albert consents, and they soon return with a truck to haul the stones away; but as they do so, it's not clear to Gina that Albert understands exactly what is happening.

On a horse ranch just outside of the tiny town of Belfry, a long drive from Livingston, a young female ranch hand takes care of animals, isolated from the rest of the world. She develops a fascination with Elizabeth, a recently graduated lawyer based in Livingston and looking to pick up extra money by offering legal workshops for teachers. Attending Elizabeth's classes and having coffee afterwards only piques the ranch hand's interest, ultimately leading her to make an unexpected drive to Livingston, hoping to find Elizabeth, even if she has no idea what to say.

Set against the Big Sky backdrop of southern Montana and reflecting both the immense scope and profound stillness of its setting, "Certain Women" examines the moments both large and small that make up the lives of strong, independent women looking for ways to understand and shape the world around them.

A tenderly human portrait of the lives of three different women in Montana. "Kelly Reichardt's wonderful triptych of female character studies confirms her status as the quietest of great American film-makers." (Variety) (S.D.W.)


director: Kelly Reichardt
composer: Jeff Grace
producer: Neil Kopp
screenplay: Kelly Reichardt based on the short stories by Maile Meloy
Editor: Kelly Reichardt
Cinematography: Christopher Blauvelt

production company: Film Science

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: no subt
country: United States of America
year: 2016


KELLY REICHARDT: River of Grass (1994), Ode (1999), Then a Year (2001, short), Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Travis (2009, video short), Meek's Cutoff (2010), Night Moves (2013), Certain Women (2016).

Technical Specs

format: DCP

Other festival films by director Kelly Reichardt

2013:Night Moves
2011:Meek’s Cutoff
2008:Wendy & lucy
2006:Old joy


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