Certain Women

Certain Women

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing her own trail.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: New York : Criterion Collection, 2017.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Certa
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English with French subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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Suki905
Nov 13, 2019

This movie, while enjoyable, left me with so many questions:

Laura Dern: Was that the only time she slept with Michelle Williams’ husband or had there been an ongoing affair? Why did he end it – guilt? Who was Dennis (coming down the stairs at her office)? Was it implied that she and Fuller were going to wind up together since she visited him in jail?

Michelle Williams: why were they living in a tent? Why were they building a house but only able to live in it part of the time until the daughter finished high school? Did she and her husband have jobs? Given her seeming discontent with her marital situation would she have left husband had she found out he had slept with Laura Dern? Why did they pack up prior to viewing sandstone if they were only going back to tent? Who were the people (other than husband and daughter) she served hamburgers to? Was that the same day? Who were the two women (one in background, one stoking fire) when she went to car to get a cigarette?

Ranch Hand (Lily Sandstone): Why was she only working at the ranch for the winter? What did she do rest of time? Where were her brothers and rest of family? Why didn’t she have visitors to the ranch if she was so lonely? Why didn’t she play music in the stables rather than a guy talking on radio? Was she a lesbian, attracted to Kristen Stewart? Why couldn’t she have found other activities in town? Why didn’t Kristen Stewart say more to her when she showed up at Kristen’s law firm? Why didn’t she say more to Kristen? Why did she turn down Kristen’s offer to split hamburger at the diner, then go and buy a sandwich at the store?

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Tonawandagal
May 13, 2019

A quiet beautiful film. Three stories of women in Livingston, MT and their everyday lives. The intersection in the stories reminded me of the work of Elizabeth Strout. I think Kelly Reinhardt is one of the more interesting directors out there. Minimalist-- she holds the frame just a minute longer. Excellent story, acting and directing.

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jimg2000
Feb 25, 2019

About certain women in sparsely populated Montana (in and around the town Livingston, wind capital of Montana; hence Blowing Livingston was considered as a title of the film) their occupations, relationships, aspirations and generally different life style than most parts of USA. Excellent cinematography of the Rockies and character studies of a certain slice of America.

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Asmitkedi
Jan 06, 2019

An beautiful film. The director pays meticulous attention to shot composition, and the editing and overall cinematography is excellent.

It's a very quiet and contemplative kind of cinema. People who can't stand slow movies probably won't find much to like here, but film buffs are in for a treat.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 26, 2018

Three stories of women, living in the same region - Only similarity between them is that they are not connecting with someone they associate with. I wished to know more about the possible, but probably missed connection in the third story. Was it just the desire to interconnect with another human or was it sexual attraction? I liked Reichardt's "Meek's Cutoff" more than this film as it is probably the most realistic (anti-Hollywood) western I have ever seen.

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nibornetsirk
Jul 05, 2018

With such a great list of female actors, I thought I was in for a treat. I was wrong. Nothing happens in this movie. It was completely pointless and monotonous. Great movie if one has insomnia.

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akirakato
Jun 03, 2018

Written and directed by Kelly Reichardt in 2016 based on three short stories from Maile Meloy's collections:"Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It", this American drama sketches the lives of four women.
Although the cover says something meaningful, the film appears slow-paced, monotonous and doze-inducing.
It contains some tiring and redundant scenes of driving, horse-riding and collecting stones.
No fascinating scenes!
No thrilling scenes!
In a nutshell, it is one of the worst movies I've ever watched.
I felt like I wasted 107 minutes.

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mr_chocolate
May 26, 2018

I found this film to be a complete waste of time and had no point nor did I find this to be "an indelible portrait of independent women," as quoted on the DVD jacket.
This was slow moving and after the first 45 minutes, I found myself skipping ahead, as there was many places that had no dialogue, just slow and seemingly unconnected or viable scenes.
There was no bonus material on this DVD to explain the story. Not recommended.

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Byond
Mar 22, 2018

I suspect all these negative postings will not prevent the audience for this from watching and delighting in it. That audience will in large part be satisfied viewers of Kelly' earlier work. I leave these thoughts for dubious potential viewers. This film derives from short stories. of the kind you might find in the New Yorker. If you are like me, it is unlikely you will be motivated to read them unless you see this first. What is constructed here is a mash up of the three stories that apparently sat well with the author. Perhaps these works bring out a natural landscape and the natural people that inhabit it. Humans coping with the attainable and unattainable longings of their hearts. In other words, not paint drying.

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t_naciuk
Mar 12, 2018

In this Melba toast of a movie three short and largely irrelevant shorts are vaguely connected to concoct a film(?). Art house indie, whatever that means. Makes me wonder, if a film is not intended to inform, provoke thought or entertain does it need to be made.
Your two hours will never return. Much better to go for a walk. Even in poor weather.

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jimg2000
Feb 25, 2019

Why were you afraid of selling shoes? Have you ever sold shoes? I mean, why were you afraid you couldn't get anything else?
-I don't know, because... My mom works in a school cafeteria, my sister in a hospital laundry, so... Selling shoes is the nicest job a girl from my family is supposed to get. It all worked out. See, I'm a lawyer, with a wonderful job driving all the way to Belfry every 15 minutes until I lose my mind. And it's... it's 10 o'clock. I'm not gonna be home until 2 o'clock. And there's roaming cows in the road. Black ice just outside of Edgar... If I get through that, there's a road block just outside of Livingston. Then I get to sleep for five hours take a shower, go to work at 8:00 do a bunch of crap nobody else wants to do and learn some more school law tomorrow night... Leave work early the next day and drive all the way back here... With my eyes twitching.
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I just knew if I didn't start driving, I wasn't gonna see you again.

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