Three very different women come together at a spa for the elderly and infirmed.One becomes wrapped up in the life of one of the others and surprises the other two women with how far she will go to keep their relationship intact.
© 1977 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Top Critic Reviews
Fresh: Fascinating, elliptical and enigmantic ... authentic Altman. Altman.
- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: Robert Altman's would-be American art film (1977) is murky, snide, and sloppy.
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Saturday, January 1, 2000
'She tries not to shatter, kaleidoscope style Personality changes behind her red smile Every new problem brings a stranger inside Heplessly forcing one more new disguise.'
- bookmunki, Tuesday, November 27, 2012
When "3 Women" came out, I was 11. I have no memory of its release. Even at that young age, I paid careful attention to film. If "3 Women" had been released in the suburbs of New York City, where I lived, I would have known. I also would have known about it if it had received Oscar nominations. It received none. I became aware of "3 Women" in my 20s. When I was about 25 and in graduate school, I rented it. (Probably on videotape!) I remember thinking that it was one of the weirdest films I had ever seen. Not weird in an engaging way -- weird in an off-putting way. None of it made any sense to me. I would have given it a 2 or 3 rating. But I never forgot the film. Something about it stayed with me. Many times I felt the desire to try watching it again. Would it make more sense to me now? Would the older me see it in a new way? Would I ever figure out what Robert Altman was trying to do with it? Something kept drawing me back. It was a code I wanted to crack. After about five years on my Netflix queue, it finally came to the top. Twenty years later, I finally got my chance to view this enigma again. I'm happy to report that it was worth the wait. The older me did see it differently. I don't think it's a great film, but I certainly understand and appreciate what Altman was trying to do. Even with its flaws, which are considerable, I now feel that "3 Women" deserves its status as a classic of the American avant-garde. Not all the avant-garde classics are European! (But most are.) More details on plot later....
- dunmyer, Monday, July 23, 2012