First Cow

First Cow ★★★★½

For a long time, this feels like a lovely but minor work with a foregone conclusion; eventually it becomes clear that the inevitability is exactly the point. It would be easy to infer a statement of capitalism’s impact on the underprivileged, but I suspect Reichardt’s just as wistful that an endeavor between two kind souls couldn’t be sustained. The last shot is one of the finest moments of her career.

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