Certain Women ★★★½

Three tales of women letting people down - albeit without meaning to, or at least without conscious malice. The third story is in a whole other realm, so much better than the first two it's almost embarrassing - the second one is a slog, presumably unless you're a native Montanan enraged by pretentious hipster newcomers trying to be "authentic" - though the structure makes the coda more powerful, offering three (diminishing) degrees of forgiveness instead of one. Reichardt's great strength is framing, two shots in the first few minutes (Dern and lover half-glimpsed in adjoining rooms separated by a corridor, then Dern reflected in a tiny mirror right in the corner of the frame) expressing all the alienation and low self-esteem that will later 'explain' her betrayal.