Indie Trailer Sunday: Kelly Reichardt's Period Drama 'Meek's Cutoff'

March 6, 2011
Source: Apple

Meek's Cutoff Trailer

Today's indie trailer we're featuring via Apple is for a drama called Meek's Cutoff set on the Oregon trail in the 1800's directed by Old Joy and Wendy & Lucy director Kelly Reichardt. The film, which stars Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood and Paul Dano, is being released this spring by Oscilloscope. This received great reviews from various festivals (see criticWIRE). However, I've heard from numerous other folks who've seen it that it's incredibly slow and boring. If you enjoy these slow-burn period flicks, then it may be exactly what you're looking for, otherwise if that stuff isn't your cup o' tea (like me), then I suggest keeping away from it.

Watch the official trailer for Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff:

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You can also watch the Meek's Cutoff trailer in High Definition on Apple

A pack of settlers traveling across the Oregon plains in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

Meek's Cutoff is directed by American filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, of the indie flicks River of Grass, Old Joy and Wendy & Lucy previously. The screenplay was written by Reichardt's Oregon-based writing partner Jon Raymond, also of the scripts for Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy previously. This premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last year and also played in this year's Sundance. It's being released by Oscilloscope Laboratories in the US in very limited theaters starting on April 8th this spring. Anyone interested in this?

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I thought Wendy and Lucy was superb and so I'm automatically interested in this. It looks like a beautiful meditative film. The old west can provide for some great images. Also it seems that it's filmed in 4:3 ratio which you never see anymore (unless that's just the trailer)

samir on Mar 7, 2011


What's 4:3 ratio?

Sparky on Mar 7, 2011


4:3 is regular broadcast television aspect ratio unlike widescreen 16:9

Nocsyn on Mar 7, 2011


Well, considering Wendy and Lucy was incredibly boring, I'm a little weary with this one. However, as always, I'd give it a chance. I'm not one to be swayed by a particular persons previous work.

Jeff Warner on Mar 7, 2011


I haven't seen Wendy and Lucy, though I probably should, but I am excited by Meek's Cutoff! There aren't nearly enough period films like this (I'm an American history nerd, so I'm biased) and it looks like it might have potential with such a great cast.

CisforCinema on Mar 7, 2011


Saw this at the Gothenbirg interntional film festival. Wasn't very interesting. But liked a movie being set in that era without being a "western". But, I wasn't satisfied when the endcredits started.

Ryderup on Mar 7, 2011


I loved Wendy & Lucy, although can't put my finger on exactly why. I also seem to have an odd facination with the wild west eg: Deadwood etc. Surely a film like this can't be anything but 'slow moving' without looking bizarre.

Neonklaws on Mar 7, 2011


yea - it looks a little slow. but after seeing the trailer, i want to know what happens to these people! i'll give it rent if i see it.

Anonymous on Mar 7, 2011


I agree. Worth my time in rent form. (preferably $1 redbox/blockbuster)

Hamster on Mar 7, 2011


netflix for me! i don't think you'll be able to find this movie in a redbox - they carry mostly mainstream movies, don't they?

Anonymous on Mar 7, 2011


Slow or fast-paced, movies are made those ways for a reason. Films like this aren't swayed by the anticipation of commercial success, and stay true to their raw cinematic artistry. Of course I'm excited to view this film.

Marcus on Mar 7, 2011


i couldn't agree more! and i'm excited to see this too - i love the desolate, open scenery!

Anonymous on Mar 7, 2011


not for me

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


not for me

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


Saw this at the LIFF and was blown away. I had no expectations and had been invited by a friend. I have to say this is a fine movie, and as slow paced and "boring" as it may be it is filled with intensity, great acting, beautiful cinematography and is a testament to truly independent film making. 5/5

Jeremy on Mar 8, 2011

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