– By Jonathan W. Hickman, Special to The Newnan Times-Herald
Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt’s work is marked by excellent use of silence exposing thoughtful introspection.
And with “Certain Women,” she delivers an essay narrative that subtly makes its points without being too obvious or manipulative.
Covering three casually intersecting stories, the narrative focuses on three main characters, women who deal with life in small-town America. The opening sequence features the lovely Laura Dern playing a lawyer dealing with a difficult client. Dern is excellent here making us feel her frustration as the men around her refuse to take her seriously.
The second story has Michelle Williams (a Reichardt regular, see “Wendy and Lucy” and “Meek’s Cutoff”) running a business that employs her husband (James Le Gros). They have a simply sublime scene with veteran actor Rene Auderjonois that might get some supporting award notice. Finally, Kristen Stewart plays a young lawyer dealing with her career and a possible love interest played by Lily Gladstone.
Incremental and fantastically real, “Certain Women” is worth the investment.