First Cow

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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Credits

Director:

  • Kelly Reichardt

Cast:

  • John Magaro
  • Orion Lee
  • Dylan Smith
  • Patrick D. Green
  • Rene Auberjonois

Writers:

  • Jonathan Raymond
  • Kelly Reichardt

Producers:

  • Neil Kopp
  • Vincent Savino
  • Anish Savjani

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