Lane from Mad Men as an American in Montana — and just as frustrated with life? What’s not to like? Another bonus: placing Certain Women in Livingston — a town I became quite fond of a couple years back. Tom Huddleston, Time Out:
The setting is Montana in winter, where the Rocky Mountains roll down into the dry, open plains. …it’s hard to recall a movie with such a precise, immersive sense of place, and the very specific mood that comes with it.
That central Montana setting bound me with instant affection to this film. Now to the “buts.” I have an “everyday life” tag — and Certain Women has become the mother of all “everyday life” tags. There are no sweeping dramatic developments to be found here, yet the film is compelling. On paper, there’s not much to substantiate my “story matters” mantra. But this is not paper; it is — as David Lynch would say — the language of cinema.
Another potential problem related to the first is that presenting in this slice-of-life way the three exclusive stories do not allow any of them to build to a crescendo. Potential, I say, because that’s the point — as much as anything else — of Certain Women. 7/10