“The film’s three parts have the qualities of great literary fiction and of refined art-cinema. Reichardt is primarily concerned with capturing Meloy’s highly specific characters, and the landscape they populate. There’s a lot to be picked up here — about the loneliness of people separated by the American Northwest’s vastness, and about being a good steward of both a land and its history. Then again, a person could get a lot out of staring at an artfully composed photograph of Montana, too. For Reichardt, the aesthetics matter as much as the theme.”While we knew the film was based on a trio of Maile Meloy’s short stories, we didn’t know exactly which ones. Now we do: Tome/Laura Dern, Native Sandstone/Michelle Williams and Travis, B./Kristen Stewart. Director KellyReichardt has substituted a woman in place of the student, Chet, who tells the story in Meloy’s piece, which it can be argued, changes the tenor of the story. I’m curious, if you’ve read—or listened to Travis, B. beautifully read by William Hurt, below, what do you make of the gender swap? I guess we’ll have to see it to see how it plays out in Reichardt’s adaptation; is the character equally besotted? Is the “Chet” character gay, bi, or does she just have a girl crush? What do you think?