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Certain Women -- Set against the Big Sky backdrop of southern Montana and reflecting both the immense scope and profound stillness of its setting, 'Certain Women' examines the moments both large and small that make up the lives of strong, independent women looking for ways to understand and shape the world around them.
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Kelly Reichardt (screenplay)
Maile Meloy (based on stories by)
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Release Date:
22 February 2017 (France) See more »
The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
14 wins & 41 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

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 ... Amituana

Michelle Williams ... Gina

Sara Rodier ... Guthrie

Rene Auberjonois ... Albert

Lily Gladstone ... The Rancher
Stephanie Campbell ... Teacher 1
Kilty Reidy ... Teacher 2

Kristen Stewart ... Elizabeth Travis

Marceline Hugot ... Teacher 3

Zena Dell Lowe ... Diner Waitress
Kory Gunderson ... Woman in Diner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gabriel Clark ... Tall Man Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by
Kelly Reichardt 
Writing credits
Kelly Reichardt (screenplay by)

Maile Meloy (based on stories by)

Produced by
Larry Fessenden .... executive producer
Todd Haynes .... executive producer
Nathan Kelly .... executive producer
Neil Kopp .... producer
Vincent Savino .... producer
Anish Savjani .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Grace 
Cinematography by
Christopher Blauvelt 
Film Editing by
Kelly Reichardt 
Casting by
Mark Bennett 
Gayle Keller 
Production Design by
Anthony Gasparro 
Art Direction by
Kat Uhlmansiek 
Set Decoration by
Pamela Day 
Costume Design by
April Napier 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Serio Stauffer .... department head hair
Sheila Trujillo-Gomez .... makeup department head
Production Management
Nathan Kelly .... unit production manager
Allison Whitmer .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carroll .... first assistant director
Keith Marlin .... assistant director
Melissa Mugavero .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Bruce Corkum .... property master
Mikey Kampmann .... set dresser
Aj Scaff .... leadman (as Alex Scaff Jr.)
Sound Department
Hunter Berk .... a.d.r. mixer
Heidi DuBose .... boom operator
Andrea Gard .... foley artist
Jonathan Greber .... foley editor (as Jon Greber)
Matthew Kallen .... adr mixer
Casey Langfelder .... sound editor
Paul H. Maritsas .... sound
Marilyn McCoppen .... adr editor (as Marilyn Mccoppen)
Frank Rinella .... foley artist
Leslie Shatz .... additional sound design
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer (as Kent Sparling CAS)
Kent Sparling .... sound designer (as Kent Sparling CAS)
Doug Winningham .... sound editor (as Dug Winningham)
Visual Effects by
Jordan Allen .... additional visual effects
Jordan Allen .... visual effects artist (as Jordan Kevin Allen)
Chris Connolly .... visual effects supervisor
Chris King .... additional visual effects
Cooper Taylor .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ross Addiego .... dolly grip: Montana
Bob Bryan .... electrician
Jesse Cain .... first assistant camera
Drew Dawson .... clapper/loader
Andres Gutierrez .... best boy grip
Patrick Larson .... grip
Tamir Rawlings .... grip
Nicole Rivelli .... still photographer
Jason Stevens .... key grip
Andrew Thie .... gaffer
Matthew Wheat .... electrician
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Casting Department
Betty Ann Conard .... casting: Montana
Thanh Giang .... casting assistant
Edward Hewitt Jr. .... casting assistant
Allison Kirschner .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline McCosker .... set costumer
Elizabeth Warn .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Ben Mercer .... additional assistant editor
Alexander Morris .... assistant editor
Michael Ward .... assistant editor
Location Management
J.D. Jacoby .... location coordinator
Charlie Skinner .... location manager
Rob Story .... location scout
Joe Sullivan .... location assistant
Music Department
Smokey Hormel .... composer: additional music
Lyle Hysen .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Matt Barbour .... driver
Peter A. Bernstein .... transportation coordinator
Jerry Gee .... driver
Other crew
Abbie Bandstra .... studio teacher
Skye Bennett .... assistant production coordinator
Katie Boyce .... set medic
Zelpha Boyd .... assistant horse trainer (as Zelpha 'Grace' Boyd)
Rock Byrde .... set medic
Adour Good Food Llc Carrie McCully .... caterer
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Kelly Engel .... dog trainer
Bianca Grimshaw .... production counsel
Jess Holloway .... horse trainer
Nicholas Holthaus .... location security
Jordan Larsen .... set production assistant
Max Mackin .... set production assistant
John Marisco .... set production assistant
Carrie McCully .... set chef
Ben McManus .... set production assistant
Kelli Miller .... title designer
Daniel A. Mondschain .... physical production executive
Thomas O'Flaherty .... studio teacher
Emily Pontecorvo .... assistant production coordinator
Joe Puleo .... radio voice
Jeff Rowles .... Executive Assistant
Anita Surendran .... production counsel
Jillian Terwedo .... script supervisor
Bekki Vallin .... production coordinator
Betty Vargo .... dog trainer
Peggy Ahwesh .... special thanks
Rosanna Arquette .... special thanks
Dianne Bellino .... special thanks (as Dianne Bellimo)
Terry Bisson .... special thanks
M. Blash .... special thanks
Abram Boise .... special thanks
Petra Bokosova .... special thanks
Chad Bolton .... special thanks
Michael Brophy .... special thanks
Carrie Brownstein .... special thanks
Dennis Burke .... special thanks
Joe Camp .... special thanks
Emily Chenoweth .... special thanks
Richard Glatzer .... special thanks
Bryce Kass .... special thanks
Mynette Louie .... special thanks
Josh Lowden .... special thanks
Jonathan Null .... special thanks (as Jon Null)
Jonathan Raymond .... special thanks (as Jon Raymond)
Gus Van Sant .... special thanks
Wash Westmoreland .... special thanks

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Rated R for some language
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Singapore:NC16 | UK:12A | USA:R (certificate #50193)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
References "Antiques Roadshow" (1997)See more »
Boats To BuildSee more »


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22 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
There are limits..., 7 November 2016
Author: eyasta from United States

I appreciate a pretty wide variety of films. I wouldn't call myself an indie junkie, but I like creativity that gets me to think or be aware in a new way and indie can certainly do that. Of course, sometimes aspects of a film will evade me (what was X about? what did Y mean?) and then I seek out others--and IMDb--to fill in the gaps.

I have to admit, I left this film lost and unsatisfied. Too MUCH of it was a gap for me. Sure, I had some basic insights: how the normal-ness of life is worthy of attention and how the painful constancy of loneliness exists in so many lives. The acting was good. I found the long pans and the "un-action" movie action interesting. At least for a while. But by about halfway, that was it. Those insights just repeated themselves. I spent the second half hoping for something to shed light, to at least tie some loose ends together. But it never came.

And it wasn't just me and my friend. As we sat in the emptying theater after the movie, discussing our thoughts about it, an elderly lady shuffled out behind us and said, "I don't mean to blow my own horn, but I have a Ph.D. in English Literature. And STILL I can't figure out what that movie was about! Do you?" So it wasn't just me.

This is all I can conclude: This film slowly detailed 3 vignettes, suggesting there was something being told. Then it had nothing to say. Maybe it's a Zen thing. But it wasn't a satisfying experience for me. The stories came out of nowhere and went nowhere, albeit with some beautiful scenes and emotions presented along the way and excellent acting. When it was over, there was no "there" there for me. I think that's what left me feeling unsatisfied. It was like a pretty mosaic left in pieces. I can infer that someone formed a design with it and I want to see that design. But it's in pieces and, try as I might, I can't put the pieces together. In fact, it feels like some pieces are missing. So I walk away baffled.

Maybe this says more about me than this movie. Whatever the case, I walked away unsettled and not in an enlightened way. That didn't feel good.

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