Meek’s Cutoff (PG)
A Western, but with its emphasis on the frailty and helplessness of the small band of settlers wagon-training west it’s like none you’ve ever seen before. With no water to be found in the barren landscape, supplies dwindling and their toughtalking guide seemingly lost the group become increasingly divided. With her characteristic stylistic restraint Reichardt creates a sense of inexorably mounting tension and a mood which is at once entirely believable and entrancingly other-worldly. The period trappings, sparse dialogue and hard-bitten performances feel utterly authentic, making for a sepia-toned snapshot of a bygone era that will stay with you long after the light go up.
There will be a discussion after the film