First Cow

First Cow

"The economic uncertainty of Kelly Reichardt’s films always manages to disrupt a Utopian idealism that always manages to rear its head in fits and spurts throughout her work. In her newest feature First Cow we see the possibilities of a better, peaceful life of quotidian pleasures emerge in the second act when Cookie (John Magaro) and Lu (Orion Lee) begin a baking enterprise in an outpost whose residents are begging for flavour. Shot in the lush greens and wet mud of the Pacific Northwest Reichardt plants these two men, as she does many of her characters, in a world beset by capitalist urges and the intertwining of masculinity as a role in that function of society. Cookie is suggested as the feminine antidote of a better man who cooks and is gentle with children, and while this binary is perhaps too simplistic on its own terms, actor John Magaro imbues the character with a soft-spoken nurturing depth that’s easy to root for among all the rootin’ tootin’ cowboys speckled throughout. "


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