Meek’s Cutoff (2010)

Kelly Reichardt directs Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood and Rod Rondeaux in this indie western where a group of settlers are led astray by their guide.

A ponderous, slow drama where you have to bring your own values and interests to the muted party. Reichardt gives equal focus to the women facing oblivion – observing them being sidelined from life and death decisions, their continual grind of keeping the basic provisions present while the men dither forward. The acting is theatrical, the tone procedural. In all honesty, it is a difficult film to enjoy, with few traditional pleasures or satisfying resolutions, but admirable in what it quietly achieves.


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