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First Cow Rated 12A

First Cow

Dir. Kelly Reichardt. USA, 2019. 2h 2m. Starring John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, Alia Shawkat, Evie The Cow.

In 1820s Oregon, two loners seek their fortune through a scheme to steal milk from the wealthy landowner’s prized Jersey cow – the first, and only, in the territory – to make delicious cakes for sale at the market. A touching and gently melancholic tale of friendship and the pursuit of the American Dream from award-winning director Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy).

‘This is a bold, perceptive portrait of early America that deserves to be held up as a new standard of historical filmmaking.’ ★★★★★ Clarisse Loughery, The Independent

‘Kelly Reichardt gives us a terrifically tough and sinewy tale of the old west, shaped by the brutally implacable market forces of capitalism.’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian