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Meek’s Cutoff

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Directed by Kelly Reichardt
2010, USA, 144 min

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in one another’s instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as a natural born enemy.

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Reviews

Meticulous and immersive, Meek’s Cutoff feels like history in three dimensions.
– Scott Tobias, AV Club
Ms. Reichardt is too wise and self-assured a filmmaker to offer easy answers. Meek’s Cutoff is as unsentimental and determined as Ms. Williams’s character, its absolutely believable heroine. It is also a bracingly original foray into territory that remains, in every sense, unsettled.
– A.O. Scott, New York Times
Mostly […] it’s a welcome portrait of the grit, courage and perseverance of the women who were so often marginalized or missing in the heroic Westerns of yore. Meek’s Cutoff is revisionist in the best sense of that word, giving audiences a new way to see the past and, quite possibly, the present.
– Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
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