Certain Women

Certain Women

DVD - 2017
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A stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer forced to subdue a troubled client; a wife and mother whose determination to build her dream home reveals fissures in her marriage; and a night-school teacher who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand. A portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
ISBN: 9781681433523
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Cer
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 surround,Dolby digital
widescreen (1.85:1)
video file,DVD video,region 1


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feb 07, 2018

Extremely bored for the first third. Then I read these reviews and realized I'd be bored for the next 2/3rds. So I quit!!!

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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.
I just knew if I didn't start driving, I wasn't gonna see you again.


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