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Title3 Women (1977)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental Illness Obsessive behaviour
CountryUSA
Length135
GenreMelodrama
Rating3
DirectorRobert Altman
CastSissy Spacek Shelly Duvall Janice Rule
NotesA young naive and withdrawn woman, Pinky (Spacek), arrives in a small South Californian town. There she gets a job in the local spa for people with arthritis and she is shown the ropes by Millie (Duvall). Soon Pinky moves in with Millie. Looking at and listening to the two women you'd think they were a natural 'couple'. But their mental aberrations turn them in different directions. Pinky is ready to believe anything and in order to fit in she obsessively copies Millie behaviour and appearance. But Millie also has a slanted view of the world she inhabits. She is under the delusion that men find her sexy. When she does find a man it is the drunk husband of the third woman, Willie, a local artist. Millie throws Pinky out of the bedroom and Pinky attempts suicide. Of course Pinky is as unsuccessful at this as other things. But as she recovers it is Millie who starts to mimic Pinky's personality. By this time if you've stayed the course you will have accepted the spooky, dream-like mood of the film. There are no explanations for the women's behaviour and we can only observe and come to our own conclusions. While there isn't much of a story there appears to be more going on than meets the eye.

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