First Cow

First Cow ★★★★½

Just an unstoppably lovely film, with two great lead perfs and the cutest cow I have ever seen. Reichardt seems to almost be showing off with her use of the 4:3 aspect ratio. Far from feeling boxed in, these images are towering and expansive. But more than just being a film about stereotypical Reichardt themes like friendship and nature and survival, it’s about how shitty it is that you need money to live and how that requirement infects the sublimity of your passions. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Because sometimes the world doesn’t give you the option.

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