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547 Ratings

Slow West

Directed by John Maclean
New Zealand, United Kingdom, 2015
Drama, Western


Set at the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas, a mysterious traveller, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.

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Slow West Directed by John Maclean

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2015 | Winner: World Cinema - Dramatic (Grand Jury Prize)

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best First Feature

European Film Awards

2015 | Nominee: European Discovery of the Year

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2016 | Winner: Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker

2016 | Nominee: British/Irish Actor of the Year

What are people saying?

  • Dave's rating of the film Slow West

    Reminded me very much of a modern day Budd Boetticher type film - see shades of Seven Men From Now and the other succinct, tight westerns that he made. At time funny, jarring, trippy, funny. And also some outstanding cinematography displaying a beautifully desolate and hard western landscape. Very good.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Slow West

    A rugged and sun-scorched oater that features an impressive and unique aesthetic, supported by likeable characters. First-timer Maclean balances a light and off-beat sense of humour with grit and aggression for a memorable (and tragic) tale of fate. Excellent effort all around.

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Slow West

    weird little film. Not sure it's for better or worse, but it sure caught my attention. A bit short emotionally and with some silly moments, but nonetheless, something that feels a bit "new" in the modern western genre.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Slow West

    John Maclean manipulates the western genre in a quirky but mostly underwhelming way. Imagine a lite version of Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man. Slow West features flashes of dark humor and dreamy cinematography, but the characters feel underdeveloped. The off-kilter storyline culminates with a bang that certainly shifts away from the rest of the film's slow-burning journey.

  • maureeno's rating of the film Slow West

    ** 1/2 a strange, weird little western with an ikeian set decoration. but it's the confirmation that ben mendelsohn (here with a fur jacket that seems the one that beatty wears in "mccabe & mrs. miller") is one of the greatest living actors.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Slow West

    'Slow West' is a bad name for this movie. It's like reducing expectations. It's a small movie with some great performances. The only thing that bothered me was Fassbender's performance. His was a modern attitude towards life. He was too relaxed, and he didn't seem lonely, despite Smit-McPhee saying that he was. This was Fassbender as a movie star instead of an actor.

  • Jason's rating of the film Slow West

    Underwhelming, poised, brazenly 1.66/1 shot low-cost indie western capsule rigged for distribution. Currently, accordingly, screening in yr own personal Nowheresville. It has one of the worst trailers I have seen in a long time, but I kinda liked it. We can excuse all the bad and stupid stuff. How else was it gonna get wideishly distributed? It tries to redeem everything during the denouement. Actually comes close.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Slow West

    A solid debut by Maclean, powered by some nice 4:3 photography. Ultimately, however, Slow West will be a forgettable entrance in the genre, as the film reveals tone and pacing issues as well as the lack of a stronger story to justify the names it attracted.

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