Altman's Bergman-esque riff on identity and polarities of power is secretly about God. And if it is secretly about God, it is secretly about a malevolent God. There is something deeply insidious, poisoning the space between people, reducing them to wounded competitors, removing solidarity, once and for all, from the feminine equation. It was a hard movie to get to see when I was growing up. The world has improved.
An unforgettable mindfuck that works its way under your skin. Are all three women one? Are they a family? Is it, like Mulholland Drive, a dream that reflects an ugly reality? Look closely and decide, and the best thing is that it doesn't give up Altman's quirks or his humor: this nightmare is full of distinctly American kitsch, like Bergman decided to remake Persona on the set of The Brady Bunch. A masterpiece.
Altman's strangest film. A pre-Lynch take on Lynchian themes of dissociation, identity, alienation, the blurring of perspectives. Nods to Persona escape the curse of empty imitation by being delivered in Altman's unique & characteristic style; the camera drifting nomadically across complex scenes; picking out startling shots, strange objects, moments that seems inconsequential but make sense on reflection. Haunting.
4,5.Years ago i thought it was a clever variation of a Bergman-ish kammerspiel and refused it. Now i admire its use of sequence-shot and abstract effects on a mythology of parasitic loneliness that comes from McCullers and O'Connor writing, without refusing Bergman's "Persona" or "Tystnaden" influences. An endless variation on the ever-changing rule-dominated processes, by means of a plastic impressive concentration.
Hypnotic and haunting. 3 Women almost felt like an American version of Persona. My exposure to Altman before this was pretty limited but I'm definitely curious now. His direction was amazing and the photography was gorgeous. And that dream sequence was nuts. Spacek and Duvall were fantastic, especially after the pivotal pool scene. This one definitely stays with you...
Truly one of the most profound films about the void of society, the inabilty to communicate, the castration of identity, the loneliness of people, the desire to remain a child, the cult of one's image and the fusion of personas. Altman's radical treatment on multiple layers of space, overlapping sound, minimalist narrative and acting, monochromatic color and a montage of intervals creates a breathtaking masterpiece.
Perfect. Great performances, great story, great everything. Also, some of the best shot design I've seen in a while. Gotta love the zoom in to groceries, cut to dinner on the table, zoom out. Too good. I need some more Altman in my life.
This film was weird. It was weird and it was scary without it being exposed in any way. The music did it for me, suspenseful music adds the eeriness of the beautiful cinematography. One thing that also did it for me was Millie, who for the life of her could not shut the fuck up, she was so annoying that I loved her.