Meek’s Cutoff

Year: 2010
Production Co: Cinetic Media
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Writer: Jonathan Raymond
Cast: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Paul Dano

I'd heard amazing things about this female-centric western and the realism is quite amazing considering the trappings the genre has grown from over the last half-century or more.

A grizzled tracker named Meeks (Greenwood) is escorting a family across America to the new land they hope to work in search of a better life.

The only problem is that despite Meek's protestations to the contrary, many of the group thinks they're hopelessly lost. At times desperately short of water and hope, they trudge onward, with little choice but to keep following him.

There are a lot of long, hushed silences and slowly unfolding scenes of languid movement, almost no violence whatsoever and hardly a raised voice. The film does a good job of conveying a sense of quiet dread but there's little actual narrative to deal with – the film starts after the beginning of these peoples' story and finishes before they either reach their new home or die trying and a lot of the running time is given to releasing small clues about the relationships and history we're watching.

One to appreciate for the performances and production design rather than enjoy in the traditional sense.

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