First Cow Shows off Reichardt’s Skills

 In Drama, Everything, Historical, Recommended, Woman Director, Woman Writer
A picture of Orion Lee and Toby Jones in the film First Cow

The review:

There’s a sense of peace that comes over me when I watch any Kelly Reichardt film.* Watching Cookie and King-Lu form a friendship and a business in the time of early 19th-century Oregon was a quiet meditation on friendship and dreams of the future. As always, the dialog is sparse, the actors telegraph much,** and the landscape is almost another character.

The verdict: Recommended

Cost: $3.99 via Redbox On Demand
Where watched: at home

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Further sentences:

*It’s the equivalent to those people who find it calming to hear people whisper.
**Watching the actors in a Reichardt film is always a treat, and this pair (John Magaro and Orion Lee) reminded me a lot of Daniel London and Will Oldham in Old Joy. So much unsaid but still said!


  • Did you feel the opening of the film unduly influenced your viewing of the film?
  • Why do you think Cookie and King-Lu connected?

Favorite IMDB trivia item:

First Cow (2019) is the first Kelly Reichardt film to receive a PG-13 rating.

(I can’t think why. Language?
Common Sense Media says language, drinking, and smoking.)

Other reviews of First Cow:

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  • Allie

    This isn’t my usual kind of movie but I have to admit, the trailer kind of sold it to me!

    • Patricia Collins

      Excellent job, trailer! One critic I heard mentioned that she thought cows were inherently funny.

      This was filmed not far from where I live, and totally captures the chilly-and-not-hot vibe. Thanks for the comment!

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