Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women tells three stories of malcontent in Montana, one of the least populous states in the US. Connected by only the thinnest of narrative threads, each story offers delicate, quietly moving insight into the lives of its subjects.

Lawyer Laura Wells (Laura Dern) has a client who has been stiffed out of an insurance payout following an accident at work. Laura has spent the last eight months explaining to Fuller (Jared Harris) that due to a legal loophole, he has no legal rights to make a claim. He won’t listen until she takes him to a male colleague, who has no problem convincing Fuller that he’s lost his case. Laura’s frustration with Fuller’s blatant sexism is soon overshadowed, however, when he takes a rifle to his old employer, holding the place hostage and demanding that Laura be sent to negotiate.

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