Certain Women

Certain Women

Tragicomic; isolation set in wide open spaces. Certain Women, made up of three stories lifted out a collection of short stories, is, as it specifies, about certain women. They are certain of what bothers them (men mostly), what they want (respect, stone slabs, another person), and of something aching in them (loneliness, disrespect). The answers to their unrest don’t present themselves easily, but they don’t for anyone else either. The drama here, whether trumped up or barely perceptible, is without that expected finality. Life goes on uncertainly. It is easy to overlook how human this film is as it confronts cultural archetypes (action movie heroics foisted on a woman by cowardly/dismissive men, the pushy wife pushed out front by the indifferent husband, the woman in a western cowboy attempt to woo a decidedly un-heroine). Thanks to Montana for all that scenery; modern yet anachronistic, wide open but handleable like a snow globe.