Robert Altman continued a stunning run of celebrated work through the ‘70s with this dreamy masterpiece. Shy and impressionable Pinky (Sissy Spacek) strikes up a friendship with her fellow nurse Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shelley Duvall). As the two spend more time together Pinky becomes dependent on Millie, adopting aspects of her personality and appearance. Things take an unusual and darker turn as Pinky discovers Millie with a man, a local bar owner whose wife (Janice Rule) forms the third of the title’s three women. A wonderful performance by Duvall in this Bergmanesque film.
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