Certain Women ★★★½

I'm a bit surprised I ended up liking this as much as I did given its clear references to Kieslowski's The Three Colors Trilogy, of which I am not much of a fan. But this is a mesmerizing film. It's imperfect, not only in structure but also in the execution of Michelle Williams' third of the movie, but its highs are incredibly high. Or I should say, its lows are astonishingly low. Reichardt masterfully strikes extremely raw, resonant and devastating emotions of despair and longing in her characters (those of Lily Gladstone and Jared Harris, in particular) not only through her dialogue but also through her camera. Her slow burn style and reliance on using vast landscapes just wears you down and she knows exactly when to finish you off. This absolutely wrecked me, and I imagine I'll have longer thoughts on it at a later date.