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Meek's Cutoff

Meek's Cutoff

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When:

  • Tue 23 Aug ’11, 8:00pm
  • Wed 24 Aug ’11, 11:30am

Where:

Downtown Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North

Restrictions:

All Ages

Kelly Reichardt’s beautiful, eerily poetic alt-Western follows three families heading west in 1845, their tiny wagon train lost somewhere in Oregon. Intimate in detail but epic in implication, Meek’s Cutoff quietly defies the abiding Westward Ho! mythology to privilege women’s experience and to picture the settlers, hauntingly, as fearful, foolhardy venturers in an unending wilderness. — BG

“Kelly Reichardt uses landscape and natural sound to convey American restlessness and uncertainty even more pointedly than she did in her two previous great films, Wendy and Lucy and Old Joy. With a patch of American history as her starting point – there really was a Stephen Meek, a touted mountain scout who, in 1845, led a wagon train of settlers to nowhere in the high desert of eastern Oregon – Reichardt and her writer, Jon Raymond, focus on the settlers’ daily, dreary challenge of putting one foot in front of the other on unfamiliar ground...

Michelle Williams plays one of the toiling wives (Shirley Henderson and Zoe Kazan play the others, all in sunbonnets that block their view of the horizon). And the actress, with her calm center, compresses the entire history of frontier wifeliness into the concentration with which she gathers firewood and loads a musket. As for Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood), the unreliable leader in whom the settlers first put their trust, well: As a search for water becomes desperate, group murmuring turns to whether Meek is a know-nothing, a liar, a madman, or someone even more dangerous. Under Oregonskies, there’s political subtext for the taking in this terrific, unsettling film.” — Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website for a complete listing of the films in the Palmerston North festival. August 18-September 4 at Downtown Cinemas.

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