First Cow

First Cow ★★★★★

There are a few important undercurrents throughout the film. In her Westerns, Reichardt pushes back on the idea of Manifest Destiny. While life in Oregon doesn't seem as unforgiving as the westward journey seen in Meek’s Cutoff, or even the modern day Montana we see in Certain Women, the characters here are living on the frontier. King Lu states that “history isn’t here yet,” compositing the idea of history with that of civilization. And when you really dig into those ideas it means you have to adjust your idea of what constitutes history.

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