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First Cow (2020)



Critic Consensus: First Cow finds director Kelly Reichardt revisiting territory and themes that will be familiar to fans of her previous work -- with typically rewarding results.

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Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner's prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.

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"First Cow" is a wonderfully unhurried film, which may be why it is so captivating. It allows viewers to sink in and absorb the story and its setting.

July 10, 2020 | Full Review…

I've said this before about Reichardt's films, and for whatever reason I feel the need to say it again. "First Cow" will strike some viewers as too little in terms of dramatic machinery. Whatever.

July 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A small story [that] also inspires awe.

March 13, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

First Cow is especially accomplished in its aesthetic...

March 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"First Cow" is as confident and organic as storytelling gets - as rough-edged as it is in style, it's absurdly rich in ripple effect.

March 11, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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We might go into a Kelly Reichardt movie thinking we'll be told a story, but we emerge with our consciousness subtly and radically altered.

March 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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