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Certain Women (12A)

Certain Women (12A)


The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

The critical consensus

A languid, leisurely paced drama. Not much happens, but Reichardt’s light touch and the performances of the leads make it soar.

****(*)Liz Beardsworth, Empire Online, 20/02/2017

Tender and startlingly beautiful portmanteau drama from the great Kelly Reichardt.

*****Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 27/02/2017

There are no big climactic scenes of redemption or self-discovery here. Even so, watching the film, you feel a depth of understanding and sympathy for the characters that simply wouldn’t be there in a more conventional, plot-driven movie.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 01/03/2017

One of America’s greatest filmmakers does her thing.

*****David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 01/03/2017

Reichardt transforms these subtle, subtext-laden tales into achingly humanistic cinema, making for a film that’s moving, funny and absurd in all the ways that life is.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 02/03/2017

Michelle Williams, Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart are utterly engaging in Kelly Reichardt’s heartfelt study of three women in small-town Montana.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 02/03/2017

The understated performances add to the subtle observation of women struggling with commonplace worries and longings but the lack of narrative drive or resolution makes this a film for patient viewers.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 03/03/2017

These subtle and intimate small-town stories starring Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart add up to an unassuming masterpiece.

*****Wendy Ide, The Observer, 05/03/2017

Where and when?

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday March 10, 2017, until Thursday March 16, 2017. More info:

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday March 31, 2017, until Monday April 3, 2017. More info:

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