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Certain Women (2016)

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The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director:

Kelly Reichardt

Writers:

Kelly Reichardt (screenplay by), Maile Meloy (based on stories by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Dern ... Laura
James Le Gros ... Ryan
Jared Harris ... Fuller
Ashlie Atkinson ... Secretary
Guy Boyd ... Personal Injury Lawyer
Edelen McWilliams ... Fuller's Wife
John Getz ... Sheriff Rowles
James Jordan ... Hostage Specialist
Matt McTighe ... Officer Tommy Carroll
Joshua T. Fonokalafi Joshua T. Fonokalafi ... Amituana
Michelle Williams ... Gina
Sara Rodier ... Guthrie
Rene Auberjonois ... Albert
Lily Gladstone ... The Rancher
Stephanie Campbell Stephanie Campbell ... Teacher 1
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Storyline

Certain Women drops us into a handful of intersecting lives across Montana. A lawyer (Laura Dern) tries to defuse a hostage situation and calm her disgruntled client (Jared Harris), who feels slighted by a workers' compensation settlement. A married couple (Michelle Williams and James Le Gros) breaks ground on a new home but exposes marital fissures when they try to persuade an elderly man to sell his stockpile of sandstone. A ranch hand (Lily Gladstone) forms an attachment to a young lawyer (Kristen Stewart), who inadvertently finds herself teaching a twice-weekly adult education class, four hours from her home. Written by Polly_Kat

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Four women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,898, 16 October 2016

Gross USA:

$1,087,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,526,698
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reichardt revealed that one of the reasons she chose to shoot on film was because snow appears "flat" in other formats. Interestingly enough, when she began shooting, there was little to no snow at all in Montana. See more »

Goofs

When the Rancher travels to Livingston in search of the Teacher, she drives right through her destination and into Bozeman, about 25 miles west. She passes the Bear Canyon exit off I-90, westbound, and the stoplight she passes is S Tracy Ave, with the Ellen Theatre on the right. Suddenly, she strolls past the Stockman Bar, and is magically in Livingston, where she wakes up alongside the Mint Bar. See more »

Quotes

Fuller: A guy in prison! I can't believe she found a guy in prison. I'm a guy in prison what's wrong with me?
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References Antiques Roadshow (1997) See more »

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Play with My Heart
Performed by Taye Johnson
Courtesy of Yebo Music by arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Not entertaining - maybe I missed something
29 October 2016 | by osbozacSee all my reviews

This movie has great actors and was playing at Amerst Cinema which usually shows only very good films, many independent. However, I feel compelled to say this is not a movie worth paying to see in the theater. It watches like a hastily finished school film project. It had no real storyline, just slice of life stuff that wasn't really too interesting. Maybe I'm not as sophisticated as some film people but I'd guess at least 9 out of 10 people who watch this film won't enjoy it at all and those few that claim they did will do so only because they think it makes some sort of deep point but, if given truth serum no one would or could actually claim to have been entertained. As an aside, it also makes the wonderful state of Montanna seem like a terrible place, which it's not! Anyway, wait for Netflix because this is not worth paying your hard earned money to see - trust me!


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