Certain Women. 2016. USA. Written and directed by Kelly Reichardt. With Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone. DCP. 107 min.
The lives of four very different women intersect in a small Montana town—but none of them pause to realize how they intersect with one another. If they did, they would resolve some personal issues and maybe bring some consolation into their lives. A frazzled attorney carries on a passionless affair; a married couple decides to build a weekend cabin but realize their marriage is crumbling; and Beth, a young lawyer, drives four hours in each direction to teach an adult-ed class about some mundane aspect of the law. Actress Lily Gladstone, as the lonely rancher who becomes enamored of Beth, is the true standout in this film. Her face, with its benevolent smile, is as open as the Montana landscape. When her heart breaks, so will yours.