The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.
This triptych of subtly interlocking stories features some of the year’s best performances: Laura Dern plays a lawyer living in a tiny town where nothing much happens outside your random hostage situation; Michelle Williams is building a home on a scenic patch of land outside town; and Kristen Stewart is a young lawyer in training who has agreed to teach a weekly night course. This is a film about women’s fraught relationships to their environments - in this case, the vast expanse of the American West - and the constricting backdrop of others’ expectations. As with all of Reichardt's films (‘Wendy & Lucy’, ‘Meek’s Cutoff’, ‘Old Joy’), the gems are in the smallest moments - the half smiles, the non-reactions and the silences between two people barely connecting.
USA 2016 Kelly Reichardt 107m