Certain Women ★★★½

Reichardt’s camera often captures each of these women alone. There is a painterly shot (Andrew Wyeth comes to mind) of Dern’s reflection in a hotel mirror, as she sits on the bed. The mirror is in the far right corner of the frame, while the majority of the screen is dominated by the dim brown wall of the room. Later, Williams is filmed in tight close-up as she walks along the river, oblivious to the water rushing by in the background and instead consumed with worry. Gladstone, meanwhile, is seen mostly at work, bringing out horses, dispersing hay, closing the barn’s doors. Resignation hovers over each of these scenes, in both the visuals and the performances.

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