Certain Women ★★★★½

A story about ordinary people observed with an empathetic gaze, Certain Women makes the smallest moments seem monumental. A missed connection, a brief act of compassion, an awkward silence or banal conversation; it's a film defined by Reichardt's patience. Each of the three stories move along at a slow pace, meticulously leading viewers to complex emotional scenarios largely dealing with loneliness and uncertainty; ultimately boiling down to a search for something they can't quite define. It's tremendously moving and disarmingly honest, a unique and bold utilization of the cinematic language to tell stories with a rare quietness. This is my first Kelly Reichardt film but I'll definitely be seeking out more of her work.

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