Certain Women has a train running through it. A train. Let me explain, the opening scene is of a train making its way through a sparse valley. The spectacular Montana mountain range providing a beautiful yet cold backdrop. The train is not moving particularly quickly but it is moving. Herein lies the metaphor upon which to understand Certain Women, life keeps on going whether you stand still or actively participate in it.
Certain Women is written and directed by Kelly Reichardt, based on story by Maile Meloy tells the story of three women’s lives that are distinct but overlap in a small town in Montana. The film has an all star cast: Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart. The women lead ordinary lives and the film follows them leading these lives that occasionally have a flutter, think eyelid flutter blink and you miss it, of excitement.
Certain Women is slow like the train in the opening scene. Nothing happens very quickly and actually nothing much happens at all. All throughout the movie you hope that the dramatic climax is on its way. Just another five minutes and something HAS to happen and no, sorry to disappoint, it’s just more of the same. This is the kind of movie that would benefit from having a director explaining what each scene is supposed to represent. I like slow, narrative driven films but there’s slow paced and then there’s this. It’s sloth like.
Certain Women is released in cinemas across the UK on 3 March 2017.
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