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2,908 Ratings

3 Women

Directed by Robert Altman
United States, 1977
Drama, Avant-Garde


Surreal, dreamlike tale of a naive Southern girl named Pinky who arrives in a dusty California resort town and becomes magnetically drawn to her coworker Millie, a chatty would-be socialite.

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3 Women Directed by Robert Altman
It’s when you spend time ‘in’ the film, however, that 3 Women becomes strange. Right from the start, 3 Women induces stress with Gerald Busby’s suggestive, atmospheric, atonal score. At times, it is not only reminiscent of Jorge Arriagada’s music in Raoul Ruiz’s films, but also John Williams’ score for Altman’s Images (1972), a film that complements 3 Women. More so than the music, what pushes the film into the oneiric and expressive are the many doublings and couplings in the film.
March 19, 2016
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An unsettling diptych portrait rather than the fresco form that Nashville launched, it’s often slyly funny – particularly when it’s turning its side-eye on ‘me generation’ vacuity ( a dinner party constructed painstakingly from processed snacks, for instance).
October 02, 2015
This shape-shifting movie, which explores self-delusion, intense attachment, and identity-merging, originated in a dream Altman had and proceeds with a particular oneiric logic. The film is rich in brilliant oddities and juxtapositions, never more so than when Duvall and Spacek are encompassed in the same frame.
December 08, 2014
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