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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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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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Trivia

Kelly Reichardt considered to call the film "Half in Love", but ultimately settled on "Certain Women". 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

Laura: It'd be so lovely to think that if I were a man I could explain the law and people would listen and say, "Okay."
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Connections

References Antiques Roadshow (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Play with My Heart
Performed by Taye Johnson
Courtesy of Yebo Music by arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Luxury of uselessness
2 November 2016 | by qeterSee all my reviews

Seen at the Viennale 2016: Definitely a wasted luxury to work with so talented actresses just to finish with a meditative piece of filmed daily routine in US hometowns. Why did Kelly Reichardt not go the whole way to get authentic realistic footage? And simple shoot pictures of some real people in an US hometown? A documentary with real people would produce even a more honest picture of daily routine. There was really no need to take the lifetime of top-notch actresses for this. Apart from that I must admit, Kristen Stewart is a really treat to watch on the big screen. I wonder, why do some people have such an extraordinary aura?...


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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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