Meek's Cutoff (cancelled)
Sat 23 April 2011 // 15:00
We are sorry to inform you that due to the failure of the film's distributor to factor in the bank holiday, the print of Meek's Cutoff has not been delivered to the Cube and thus we are unable to show it.
(Sat 23rd 3pm, Sun 24th to Tue 26th 8pm, Weds 27th Babycinema 11am / £5/4/3 TTT)
Is this a Western? Well... It is bleak, and a small group of white folk break set out to cross the vast plains on the Oregon Trail to find a new life, and prospect for gold in the mountains. They are led by a grizzly professional guide who appears to be confused about the direction, Mr Meek (Will Patton).
However, the handling of the story is contemporary. Meek's Cutoff has a female director (Kelly Reichardt - Old Joy/ Wendy and Lucy) and the palpable emotional intensity of the film comes from following the female characters (Michelle Williams and Shirley Henderson). Whilst the action is slow, we follow the conflict of the women dragged into an increasingly perilous and uncertain situation set against extreme but very beautiful natural landscapes. The trek becomes gruelling and the sensitivity lies in the subtle way we watch the women in their environment, and the men making decisions with each other, their guide, and a mysterious native Indian who may be able to save them.
Meek's Cutoff is a beautiful, tense and credible drama which captures the frightening and terrifying unknowability of truth through the eyes of women caught up in a situation that they cannot control and must endure...and more