I went yesterday evening to theatre to watch Meek’s Cutoff. My sister was inviting me to come with. Good choice to do it.
The movie is about one group of people in 1845 on the Oregon Trail within the desert who got anyhow lost in directions and who needs to find water. Meek is the guy who got paid for guiding the group but he lost track and the group struggles with his ideology, the need of water, a confrontation with an Indian and yeah, even more the need of water.
The movie is a very fine and decent masterpiece by Kelly Reichardt with astonishing beautiful and rough pictures. The characters are well written. (The knitting scene is not convincing anyway.) The actors are brillant (Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Bruce Greenwood.
The press wrote something like Womenwestern, Antiwestern … or such stuff. Even when it is setted in the typical time of Western … this is not a Western. This is a piece that looks deep in the hearts of how did women feel like on those trails. Which conflicts do the people had on those trails. The need of water by the way is just a helping thing for the story anyway.
By the end … there are questions left and I am very thankful for that. The film has very rare and soft dialogues, long passages just with pictures and a courage of long epic silence.
You can watch this movie actually now in Hamburg at the Theater 3001 Kino Original with German Subtitles:
Nov 10 – Nov 16 at 8:15 pm
Nov 17 at 10:30 pm
Nov 18, 19, 21 and 22 at 10:15 pm
Nov 23 at 4 pm