Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Certain Women 2016

Directed by Kelly Reichardt

Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart are beautifully attuned to Meek’s Cutoff director Kelly Reichardt’s intimately observed, interwoven tales of three independent women in contemporary small town Montana.

USA In English
107 minutes DCP
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Director/Editor

Producers

Neil Kopp
,
Vincent Savino
,
Anish Savjani

Screenplay

Kelly Reichardt. Based on the short stories ‘Tome’
,
‘Native Sandstone’ and ‘Travis B’ by Maile Meloy

Photography

Christopher Blauvelt

Production designer

Anthony Gasparro

Costume designer

April Napier

Music

Jeff Grace

With

Laura Dern (Laura Wells)
,
Kristen Stewart (Beth Travis)
,
Michelle Williams (Gina Lewis)
,
Lily Gladstone (Jamie)
,
James Le Gros (Ryan Lewis)
,
Jared Harris (Fuller)
,
René Auberjonois (Albert)
,
Sara Rodier (Guthrie Lewis)

Festivals

Sundance 2016

“Kelly Reichardt [Wendy and Lucy, NZIFF09; Meek’s Cutoff, NZIFF11] artfully merges her two obsessions, the mid-western American landscape (here, Livingston, Montana) and women’s psychology, by reworking and intertwining three short stories, with an uncanny gift for drawing forceful, yet intimate performances from actors (especially actresses).” — Bérénice Reynaud, Senses of Cinema

“The great writer-director responsible for some of the best American films of the last decade… has made what may be her most beautiful work of art yet. Certain Women, adapted from three short stories by Montana author Maile Meloy, is a film so quiet and understated, that the emotional wallop it packs may seem unlikely at first glance. With an incredible cast that features Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, and Kristen Stewart, it’s hardly the film you’d expect would attract Hollywood talent of that pedigree. But they’re in it for Reichardt’s vision, and what a delicate and poetic vision it is, of the everyday lives of normal women navigating the everyday. Master cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt creates some of the most memorable and painterly images you’re likely to see in a film this year.” — Adam Cook, Vancouver International Film Festival

“Laura Dern, Jared Harris, Lily Gladstone and Kristen Stewart produce among their best performances to date. But in the film’s sense of empathy for every flawed character, this is Reichardt’s movie, a hypnotic tale of detachment, isolation but also of the nuggets of hope in every human interaction.” — Ed Frankl, Little White Lies