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Meek's Cutoff

Kelly REICHARDT

  • United States
  • 2010
  • 103min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

SYNOPSIS

It’s 1845 and a wagon team of three families have hired a guide to take them on the Oregon Trail and over the Cascade Mountains. They become lost and while suffering from hunger, thirst and fear, they encounter a Native American….

 

PROGRAM NOTE

The year is 1845; three families cross the Oregon desert to immigrate under Meek’s guide. The male characters drive the main narrative of this movie if this film is considered a road movie because men decide which direction the three families will take. Women are just observing the men's decisions. However, the cameras are not located where men are discussing but on a site where women are watching. Because the cameras are positioned on the surrounding characters rather than the center of the narrative, the movie often shows the daily labor of women picking up branches, setting fires, and hanging out laundry, as Chantal Akerman did in Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975).
Even though the male characters mostly take the lead in the narrative, the most memorable scene is the moment when Emily, the female protagonist played by Michelle Williams, changes the direction of the narrative. The moment Emily pulls out the gun, the direction of the three families is determined, and the act of pulling out the gun is derived from "kindness" rather than violence. It is a new masterpiece of the Western genre that attempts to restore the gaze of women, who are excluded by the male group, to bring women to the fore. [PARK Minseok]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
333 2023-08-27 | 20:00 - 21:43 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 6
608 2023-08-30 | 16:00 - 17:43 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 3

Director

  • Kelly REICHARDT

    Kelly Reichardt is an award-winning American film director and screenwriter. After her feature debut, River of Grass (1994), she subsequently directed a series of films such as Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Certain Women (2016), and First Cow (2019) to explore the theme of American scenery, rural communities, and marginalized beings. She previously taught at New York University, SUNY Buffalo, Columbia University, and the School of Visual Arts, and has been teaching as an Artist-in-Residence at Bard College since 2006.

Credit

  • ProducerElizabeth CUTHRELL, Neil KOPP, Anish SAVJANI, David URRUTIA
  • Cast Michelle WILLIAMS
  • Screenwriter Jonathan RAYMOND
  • Cinematographer Christopher BLAUVELT
  • Editor Kelly REICHARDT
  • Production Design David DOERNBERG

CONTACT

Park Circus | Evie KORZEC | Evie.korzec@parkcircus.com