Certain Women

21 November
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12 / $10 (single session) or $70 / $56 (all 7 films)

Based on 3 short stories from Maile Meloy, Certain Women (2016) follows the overlapping lives of several women, beginning with attorney Laura (Laura Dern) as she struggles with an unruly client and her own relationship issues. The latter bleeds into the life of Gina (Michelle Williams), whose relentless pursuit to build the perfect house is fracturing her family. A rancher (Lily Gladstone) finds the loneliness of her day-to-day life alleviated by the arrival of a young law graduate, Elizabeth (Kristen Stewart).  

Written, directed and edited by Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women has her signature of minimalist, naturalistic filmmaking that makes narrative features feel more like documentaries. If it wasn’t for the faces of some of our most treasured working actresses, that is. The real-world settings and streets become the stage for veterans like Dern and Williams to do big things with little moments, while newcomers like Gladstone and child-actor-done-good Stewart demonstrate how seamlessly they can blend into the stitches of Reichardt’s world.  

Named by Variety as ‘the quietest of great American filmmakers’, her filmography has predominantly featured working-class women as the key protagonists with Certain Women continuing that theme but expanding the scope and scale.  

- Maria Lewis, Assistant Film Curator (ACMI) 

Presented in partnership with ACMI

See more films in our Wild at Heart - the films of Laura Dern season.



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