Meek’s Cutoff (Reichardt, 2010)
Kelly Reichardt’s fifth feature, based on historical accounts of a wagon train struggling to make its way through the Oregon high desert, is, according to Roger Ebert, “the first film I’ve seen that evokes what must have been the reality of wagon trains to the West.” The film’s drama involves a guide, Meek, who seems to be lost, and the mistrust that develops among the group as a result. A unique and original take on the western genre, highlighting the lives and roles of women in the group, with a starring role for Michelle Williams, “Meek’s Cutoff is an effective, intense journey of terror and survival in the untamed frontier” (Rotten Tomatoes). The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival, and its scriptwriter, Jonathan Raymond, won the 2012 Spur award for Best Western Drama Script from the Western Writers of America.
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