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Certain Women

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Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9:00pm - 10:45pm


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Film Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film
Archive Cost: $10 - Regular Admission $8 - Non-Harvard Students,
Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens. Free for Harvard
students Contact Info: bgravely@fas.harvard.edu Link:
Reichardt masterfully adapted a trio of stories by Montana writer
Maile Meloy into a triptych portrait of three resolute but unfulfilled
women living in the same remote small town and sharing the same quiet
frustration. The film's impressive intergenerational cast of venerated
actresses features Laura Dern as a beleaguered lawyer, Michelle
Williams as an alienated wife and mother, and Kristen Stewart as a
harried paralegal stretched too thin by a teaching job she knows she
should never have taken. Together with newcomer Lily Gladstone — In a
soulful performance as a lonely ranch hand — the actresses fully
realize the double meaning of the film's title, capturing both the
striking singularity of their characters and the strength of their
unspoken conviction to forge a separate path for themselves.
Reichardt's most explicitly feminist film hones its minimal plot to
highlight pointed slights and misunderstandings caused by obdurate,
narrow-minded men, while also revealing the difficult freedom in
solitude discovered by the women. The tender heart of the film,
however, lies in the touching relationship that briefly flowers
between Stewart's overwhelmed teacher and Gladstone's wide-eyed
cowgirl, who wanders into Stewart's class by accident, or perhaps
destiny, only to find herself longing unexpectedly for a personal
connection that she knows is out of reach.



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Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 21:00 to 22:45



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