PICK Meek’s Cutoff – A dramatic western directed by Kelly Reichardt, starring Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, and Will Patton which portrays the meditative story of three families who enlist the help of Stephen Meek, a bearded mountain man, to guide their wagon train across the Cascade Mountains. Meek, however, proves an unreliable leader, getting the travelers lost and putting their survival skills to the test. When the group encounters a Native American drifter, they must choose between continuing to follow the grizzly Meek and putting their trust into a man who has always been viewed as a natural foe.
With Meek’s Cutoff, Reichardt creates an austere, minimalist kind of film that packs poignancy and grip into the most minute details. The landscape, which is more so the focus than are the characters, is both visually and emotionally harsh, creating a haunting, surreal atmosphere that audiences will be able to really lose themselves in.
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