First Cow (2021)
In the 1820s, a taciturn loner and skilled cook travels west to Oregon Territory, where he meets a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two team up on a dangerous scheme to steal milk from the wealthy landowner’s prized Jersey cow – the first, and only, in the territory.
Kelly Reichardt, an inimitable voice of American cinema, redefines the notion of what a western can be. Set among outcasts on the edge of capitalism’s grasp, First Cow is a rare tale of the blossoming of a heartfelt male friendship, and one told with sublime gentleness and touching compassion.
“A tremendously engaging story” The Guardian ★★★★★
“Kelly Reichardt offers a sparkling, perceptive portrait of early America” The Independent ★★★★★
“Kelly Reichardt’s latest offering is stunning” The Evening Standard ★★★★★