Women of Cinefamily Presents: 3 Women (Hosted by Alia Penner!)

THIS IS YOUR NEW FAVORITE FILM, featuring one of Sissy Spacek’s greatest performances, Shelley Duvall’s absolute best performance, and the most intrepid vision of Robert Altman’s prolific body of work. In an underpopulated California desert town, the naive southern waif Pinky Rose (Spacek) idolizes and befriends her fellow nurse, the would-be sophisticate and “thoroughly modern” Millie Lammoreaux (Duvall). When Millie takes Pinky in as her roommate, Pinky’s hero worship evolves into something more supremely sinister than either could have anticipated. Audacious, consciousness-expanding visuals abound, as 3 Women careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal — with the audience never quite knowing if the film’s “reality” will bend or shatter, all while Altman sprinkles in his trademark dry wit and devastating character studies. A priceless freakout snapshot of Carter-era Americana blanketed by an unforgettable score from avant-garde composer Gerald Busby, 3 Women remains one of Altman’s greatest achievements.

Dir. Robert Altman, 1977, DCP, 124 min.