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But the film - based on a dream of Altman's, and not trying to make any literal sense - feels overly self-conscious and arty at times. I found the music intrusive, almost shouting `see how weird this is?' And a lot of the symbolism, like the paintings that run through the film, feels bit heavy handed and obvious. Alternately some plot twists feel arbitrary, not thought through.
This is often compared to David Lynch's dream films Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway. But I found both of those a little more fun, and they felt more cohesive in their dream worlds, even if I didn't always know what was going on.
Now, having said all that, I do look forward to seeing it again. I've often found some of my very favorite films are complex and challenging works that don't jell on 1st viewings, only to have those petty annoyances fall away on a second look. In any case, if you're up for something challenging, this is a terrifically acted, unique and brave film, and certainly worth a look. And - since it's a film that plays on subconscious more than literal levels - I suspect no two people will
react to this exactly the same way.
Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the persistent, hypnotic ambiguity of 3 Women. The atonal score is deeply unsettling (and thus very apt) whilst the cast, particularly Duvall, offer convincing and poignant performances. It is hard to believe that mainstream American cinema was capable of such startling productions in the 70s when you look at the morass of banality that gets churned out today. In a decade of serial cinematic highlights, 3 Women still manages to stand out. That is a remarkable achievement in itself.
Robert Altman is one of my favourite directors and this has got to be his finest jewel. Shelley Duvall is magnetic. This is the film that defines her as an actress. Her character is so quirky yet so real. We have all known women like this all over the world. And Sissy Spacek is the perfect counterpoint
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the soundtrack is almost unintelligabe & had to turn off after 10 mins. very disappointed. Shame, been so long trying to find this film & can't watch it.Published 3 months ago by gilly
3 Women is a movie that is never shown on television. Very much under the radar.
When I searched and found it available to hire, it was a must. Read more
It's one of those films where I really don't quite know what to say except for that I found it utterly extraordinary.Published 12 months ago by Persona