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First Cow (12A)

28 May
03 Jun 2021

Directed by

Kelly Reichardt

First Cow

In her latest film, the intensely pleasurable First Cow, celebrated American director Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Certain Women, Meek’s Cutoff) once again trains her perceptive 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 travelled west to join fur trappers in Oregon Territory, where he forges a connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) who is also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a highly successful business, but its longevity is perilously reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner (Toby Jones) and his prized milking cow. 

"Gives you the feeling that you've just witnessed a major work from a great American filmmaker" - Rolling Stone Magazine