This film will spark debate. Is it hideously demeaning? Does it trivialize slavery? Should Hollywood introduce one of America's most heinous, genocidal institutions to this generation as a 180-minute joke?
It's the year 1821 in the gulf waters off the coast of Texas. A four-masted schooner smuggling slaves and mysterious, invaluable contraband, is boarded by a group of pirates led by none other than the infamous Jean Lafitte and the legendary Jim Bowie.
When I first came across Charley's story 20 years ago, my interest turned from curiosity into an obsession. The enigmatic 'Charley' Parkhurst lived 30 years of her life disguised as a man and became one of the great California stagecoach drivers.
Exceptionally well-acted, quiet and observant, Meek's Cutoff is pure arthouse fare, which is meant as a warning for those who might want a little action or some answers, and as praise for a talented director coming into her own.