Meek's Cutoff (2011) Promo Trailer
A promo trailer for Meek's Cutoff.
After Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, both shot in and around Portland, Oregon, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt's latest feature is a sublime re-imagining of a chapter in that same state's history. Written by regular Reichardt collaborator Jon Raymond, Meek's Cutoff is set in 1845, during the earliest days of the Oregon trail. A wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, he leads the group on an unmarked path over the high plain desert, only to become lost in the arid rock and sage. As food and water run low, tensions emerge, and the group's faith in Meek and in their own ability to survive is sorely tested. Reichardt's pared-down approach and her unfailing eye for composition are perfect for this story, creating a palpable sense of tension and unease, helped by the unshowy, natural performances of the strong ensemble cast. Watching a film as meticulously crafted as Meek's Cutoff is thrilling in itself, but what makes it all the more so is how effective this is in making us care about the settlers' fate, wrapping us tightly into the life or death nature of their journey.
- Posted: October 16, 2010
- Director: Kelly Reichardt
- Writer: Jonathan Raymond
- Studio: Oscilloscope Pictures
- Release: 2011
- Cast: Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Will Patton
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