“History isn’t here yet. It’s coming, but maybe this time we can get ahead of it. Maybe we can meet it on our own terms”. Lu

FIRST COW

COMING SOON

 

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.

Director:

Kelly Reichardt
Actors:
John Magaro
Orion Lee
Ewen Bremner
Rene Auberjonois
John Keating
Dylan Smith

Release Date: 29 April 2021

Classification: PG Violence & coarse language

Running Time: 122

Countries of Origin: USA

Original Languages: English

Drama/Western