While writer/director Kelly Reichardt has landed increasingly big names to star in her films, that hasn’t changed their distinct flavor. Throughout her pictures to date, Reichardt has retained her unique, unhurried approach to drama, which continues with her latest, “Certain Women,” which brings no shortage of great talent to the table.
Co-produced by Todd Haynes and starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, James Le Gros, Jared Harris, Lily Gladstone and Rene Auberjonois, the film is a drama structured as a triptych, with each section based on a short story by Guggenheim fellow Maile Meloy. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
“Certain Women” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, and opens on October 14th.