From Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy), an “alt-Western” set in 1845 with Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Shirley Henderson.
"Reichardt’s beautiful, eerily poetic film 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." (Source: NZ International Film Festival 2011)