Certain Women ★★★★

Tales from the frontier life. Reichardt has such great control of editing and is so attuned to her performers behavior, Certain Women just emerges as an impressive immersive experience. The three tales just natural building on each other until Gladstone big ride just pushes it beyond. Portraiture has always been one of Reichardt strengths and the triptych format serves her very well. I know some think the first two tales are slight next to the final one, but I don’t think they’d work quite as well without each other (for instance all the film's major driving scenes are essential to how effective the final one is). The acting is predictable top notch, but is Reichardt control of rhythm that is the real star.

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