First Cow


Grand Illusion Cinema Sat, Nov 27, 2021 7:30 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Sun, Nov 28, 2021 4:00 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Mon, Nov 29, 2021 7:30 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Wed, Dec 1, 2021 7:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:
Release Year:2020
Production Country:USA
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Kelly Reichardt
Cast:John Magaro
Orion Lee
Toby Jones
Ewen Bremner
Scott Shepherd


Part of our “Pandemic Rewind” series of films that were robbed of the theatrical experience.

Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient 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 traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.