First Cow

12:00 AM 27th October 2021

Award-winning director Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Certain Women) returns with this touching story of two outsiders who join forces in a tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontiers of the American Northwest. They embark on setting up a business, which relies on secretly using the first and only cow to arrive in the territory …

Award-winning director Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Certain Women) returns with this touching story of two outsiders who join forces in a tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontiers of the American Northwest.

In 1820s Oregon, an unlikely partnership is formed when a quiet, but skilled cook encounters a well-educated Chinese immigrant who is on the run. The two embark on setting up a business that relies on them secretly milking the first and only cow to arrive in the territory, and using the stolen liquid to make delicious biscuits and cakes.

Grappling with market forces while duping the ruling classes, their friendship grows as they endeavour to succeed in the hostile environment of the American frontier.

Dir: Kelly Reichardt | 2019 | USA | 2 hrs 2 mins | English | Cert 12A

“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ … a film of sparking tenderness and affection …’’
- Clarisse Loughrey, Independent (UK)

“★ ★ ★ ★ … a fable of land and freedom that serves as an up-close-and-personal portrait of friendship and a wider snapshot of America, rooted in the rich soil of the Pacific north-west.”
- Mark Kermode, The Observer

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