3 Women (1977)
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Robert Altman's Three Women takes a surreal, improvisational and rather eerie look at the lives of three women in a western desert town. The plot centers around the youngest of the women, Pinky (Sissy Spacek), an eccentric, withdrawn woman trying to begin a new life. She finds work as an attendant at a hot springs spa catering to the elderly and infirm. There she befriends her co-worker Millie (Shelley Duvall), an equally strange but more outgoing woman; the two bond, and are soon sharing an
Apr 3, 1977 Wide
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Like a dream, it is most mysterious and allusive when it appears to be most precise and direct, when its images are of the recognizable world unretouched (as happens in the film from time to time) by camera filters or lab technicians.
I have seen it many times, been through it twice in shot-by-shot analysis, and yet it always seems to be happening as I watch it. Recurring dreams are like that.
A spectacular artistic success.
Robert Altman's would-be American art film (1977) is murky, snide, and sloppy.
Insinuates itself into your skull, and earwig-like proceeds to consume all you thought you knew of ontological security
3 Women is definitely a slow burn of a movie, but it's also amazing how well it taps into and visualizes the subconscious. Nothing is spelled out by Altman, who wants the audience to interpret the film's meaning for themselves.
Absorbing until it crashes in a tiresome manner trying to be too inexplicably symbolic.
The first half...is some of Altman's best stuff. The second half downgrades into rather pretentious and dithering malarkey
Either a maddening essay in pointlessness, or a deeply involving work that leaves the viewer unnerved and off-balance. Which response occurs depends entirely on the viewer.
Fascinating, elliptical and enigmantic ... authentic Altman. Altman.
Drawing similarities to the central relationship in Persona, Altman's impressionist work is difficult but, in its own way, sort of perfect.
[Altman] pushed even harder against the envelope and in the process created a highly unusual and wholly original picture.
3 Women is a daring piece of cinema that glides along the edge of weirdness and somehow manages not to fall off.
The end result is a film far more reminiscent of Polanski than Altman and stands as one of his most underseen but most compelling works.
3 Women is an intriguing film by Robert Altman that resides in the netherworld between dreaming and waking.
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