Film Review: CERTAIN WOMEN (out 3 March 2017) starring Michelle Williams & Kristen Stewart
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- Published on Monday, 27 February 2017 11:07
- Last Updated on 03 March 2017
- Monica Costa
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CERTAIN WOMEN is a movie about women and how they are strong to cope with all sorts of situations thrown to them in life. It will release just before International Women’s Day. It’s certainly a film aimed at women with a stellar cast which includes Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Lily Gladstone.
Produced by Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino and Anish Savjani and Executive Produced by Todd Haynes, Larry Fessenden, Christopher Carroll and Nathan Kelly, Certain Women won Best Film at the BFI 60th London Film Festival 2016; Michelle Williams won Best Supporting Actress at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and Lily Gladstone recently won Best Supporting Actress at the LA Film Critics Awards.
At the Independent Spirit Awards, Kelly Reichardt is Nominated for Best Director and Lily Gladstone is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in addition to Sight & Sound listing the film as No.4 in their annual poll of Best Films of 2016.
One of America’s foremost filmmakers, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) directs a remarkable ensemble cast led by Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, and Laura Dern in this stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (radiant newcomer Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.
Talking to director and filmmaker Kelly Reichardt (audio)
In this roundtable of film journalists I attended at BFI London, Kelly talks about the connections between the three women’s stories, the beauty of Montana, the silence that speaks more than words, her friendship with Michelle Williams and what inspired her to write and direct Certain Women. It’s a lovely discussion. Enjoy!
The film follows the lives of three women from different backgrounds and education. What they all have in common is the fact that they struggle to express their own feelings but get on with their duties supporting people along their paths and always strongly believing in human relationships.
It’s a film with no real beginning or end but with open stories. This is both its strength but also its downside. It is original as it relies on a few good dialogues and excellent acting. But the lack of a closed story in the classical format makes the audience feel wanting to know more about these characters. You leave the cinema with the sensation that the movie has to continue somehow.
London Mums’ rating: 6/10
CERTAIN WOMEN is in cinemas from 3 March www.parkcircus.com
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums