Kelly Reichardt Film Program: "The Oregon Trilogy"
Kelly Reichardt Film Program: "The Oregon Trilogy"

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April 25, 2012

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Informally dubbed an “Oregon trilogy,” Kelly Reichardt’s three feature films made with writer Jonathan Raymond simultaneously work as finely wrought character studies, revisionist genre films, and evocative parables. In "Old Joy," two thirty-something men, whose lives have taken divergent paths since their younger days, reunite for a weekend camping trip. The protagonist of "Wendy and Lucy" is a young cash-strapped woman, en route to Alaska in hopes of starting a new life, who finds herself stranded in Oregon when her car breaks down. Set in 1845, "Meek’s Cutoff" follows a westward-bound band of settlers who become lost on a desert stretch of the Oregon Trail. Told with a masterful economy of means, Reichardt’s trilogy depicts individual lives that speak of larger historical narratives, of an America that finds itself uncertain of the way ahead.