Certain Women ★★★★

This was surprisingly good. Like I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I see a lot of similarities between this and Meek's Cutoff (the one other Kelly Reichardt film I've seen), but I liked Certain Women far more. While both are certainly slow movies, Certain Women's episodic narrative of interrelated stories is highly poetic and beautiful. There's elements of the Western genre, especially in the gorgeous midwestern landscapes. It's also got that man-against-the-world element to it, except as the title implies, it's woman-against-the-world. One of those films that finds epicness in the mundane. Ok, maybe epicness is a stretch, but it definitely finds layers upon layers to contemplate and admire.

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