The latest film from Kelly Reichardt confirms the writer-director-editor as one of today’s leading filmmakers an extraordinary director of actors. Based on short stories from Maile Meloy’s collection Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, Certain Women is a tripartite portrait of striving, independent women (Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone) whose lives intersect in suggestive and powerful ways. Eschewing narrative closure, Reichardt connects her characters less through plot than through place, and various illustrations of one of the film’s main themes: deferred desire. Shot against the stunning backdrop of Montana’s mountains and pastoral, big-skied landscapes in ravishing 16mm, this is an elegant and moving work.
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Short film screening alongside this feature film: ELI
Eli began transitioning from female to male in January 2015 and began hormone treatment at the end of that year. Filmmaker and friend, Sarah Jenny Johnson, was keen to document the positive aspects as the physical changes of his transition were starting to occur. ELl is the first in a series of short films about his experience.