DNA cinephile🏳️🌈’s review published on Letterboxd:
First Cow. 2019. Directed by Kelly Reichardt 🐄🐮🦋
Kelly Reichardt’s character’s always seem lost and have to find their own path. In first Cow, Cookie (John Magaro) and King-Lu (Orion Lee) are motivated but do not have an established trade. In other words, Cookie and King-Lu motivate each other but do not have their own bakery. Reichardt’s adapted screenplay with Jonathan Raymond (The Half-Life) is so full of life but, the characters are on the brink of establishing a great business. Everyone in the fort loves their baked goods. But, they have a secret ingredient that cannot be shared.
Reichardt teamed up with A24 with a $2 million budget but did not gross over $1.4 million. However, First Cow (2019) won the Best Film at the 2020 New York Film Critics Circle of Awards. First Cow is typical of Reichardt’s past films such as Old Joy (2006) in that she focuses on characters that are just passing through. They are outsiders. Reichardt has stayed true to these stories in most of her films. Reichardt is the epitome of Independent cinema and depicts drama that is true to the heart.
First Cow shows how Indigenous peoples, Chinese, British, and visitors of the Pacific Northwest coexist in the 1820s. The life of fur trappers and their masculinity is shown with the ruthlessness of their lifestyle. In contrast, Chief Factor (Toby Jones) is shown as the wealthiest man in the fort with servants and hosts parties with military Captains. In fact, he owns the first cow in the fort. She used as a dairy cow. It is unfortunate that she lost her mate and calf. The harsh realities collide with joyful occasions until one day the joy and business that Cookie and King-Lu have established vanished and they had to run. What does their future hold? Will they live or die? Overall, we recommend First Cow to Reichardt’s fans and lovers of true inspiring independent cinema.
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