First Cow

First Cow ★★★★

Maintains a strong meditative quality throughout, but after the titular cow is introduced, the film picks up significantly. Reichardt does a brilliant job of telling us exactly where we’re going and still making the journey an engaging one. Her films all evoke a feeling in me that I’m seeing a great American novel come to life, and First Cow perhaps is the strongest example of that due to its historical placement. It’s all fully realized and immersive, even if I wish some of side characters had greater relevance (Gladstone is so unbelievably charming in her 90-second cameo).

Madly in love with the Varda-inspired opening and the generosity of the final moment. Beauty is throughout, but the bookends are just exceptional.

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