Robert Altman

3 Women

Altman’s daringly dreamlike blend of comedy and drama concerns the encounter at a desert health-spa of three very different women.

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USA 1977
Dir Robert Altman
With Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier
Digital 4K
Certificate PG

Inspired by a dream Altman had about exchanged personalities, this audacious but accessible work centres on the encounter between three very different women – a garrulous health-spa worker (Duvall), her shy, impressionable roommate (Spacek) and an artist (Rule) – in a dusty Californian desert town. Duvall’s performance is extraordinary, as is the strange but seamless blend of Bergmanesque reverie, comedy, suspense and social comment.