You often hear a lot of buzz surrounding Kelly Reichardt's films on the festival circuit and then...not much after. The reason is her gradual, many would call agonizingly slow style seen in movies such as Wendy and Lucy, Meek's Cutoff, Old Joy, and the terrorism thriller Night Moves. True to form the praise was heaped upon her latest, Certain Women, at the Sundance Film Festival and now a trailer for the female-centric drama is here.
Starring Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, and Laura Dern, the film is designed as a triptych (think The Place Beyond the Pines) connecting the lives of three Montana women. Each story is based on a short from author and Montana native, Maile Meloy. Here's the synopsis:
One of America’s foremost filmmakers, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) directs a remarkable ensemble cast led by Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, and Laura Dern in this stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (radiant newcomer Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.
Also starring James LeGros, Rene Auberjonois, Lily Gladstone, and Jared Harris, Certain Women opens October 14th.