I appreciate a pretty wide variety of films. I wouldn't call myself anindie junkie, but I like creativity that gets me to think or be awarein a new way and indie can certainly do that. Of course, sometimesaspects of a film will evade me (what was X about? what did Y mean?)and then I seek out others--and IMDb--to fill in the gaps.<br><br>I have to admit, I left this film lost and unsatisfied. Too MUCH of itwas a gap for me. Sure, I had some basic insights: how the normal-nessof life is worthy of attention and how the painful constancy ofloneliness exists in so many lives. The acting was good. I found thelong pans and the "un-action" movie action interesting. At least for awhile. But by about halfway, that was it. Those insights just repeatedthemselves. I spent the second half hoping for something to shed light,to at least tie some loose ends together. But it never came.<br><br>And it wasn't just me and my friend. As we sat in the emptying theaterafter the movie, discussing our thoughts about it, an elderly ladyshuffled out behind us and said, "I don't mean to blow my own horn, butI have a Ph.D. in English Literature. And STILL I can't figure out whatthat movie was about! Do you?" So it wasn't just me.<br><br>This is all I can conclude: This film slowly detailed 3 vignettes,suggesting there was something being told. Then it had nothing to say.Maybe it's a Zen thing. But it wasn't a satisfying experience for me.The stories came out of nowhere and went nowhere, albeit with somebeautiful scenes and emotions presented along the way and excellentacting. When it was over, there was no "there" there for me. I thinkthat's what left me feeling unsatisfied. It was like a pretty mosaicleft in pieces. I can infer that someone formed a design with it and Iwant to see that design. But it's in pieces and, try as I might, Ican't put the pieces together. In fact, it feels like some pieces aremissing. So I walk away baffled.<br><br>Maybe this says more about me than this movie. Whatever the case, Iwalked away unsettled and not in an enlightened way. That didn't feelgood.
Certain Women drops us into a handful of intersecting lives across Montana. A lawyer () tries to defuse a hostage situation and calm her disgruntled client (), who feels slighted by a workers' compensation settlement. A married couple ( and ) breaks ground on a new home but exposes marital fissures when they try to persuade an elderly man to sell his stockpile of sandstone. A ranch hand () forms an attachment to a young lawyer (), who inadvertently finds herself teaching a twice-weekly adult education class, four hours from her home.
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