First Cow

First Cow

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Kelly Reichardt returns to the past for a quietly profound tale of two enterprising men, a cow, a crime, and a nation on the verge of change.

Two travellers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest, dream of striking it rich -- but their tenuous plans to make their fortune on the frontier relies on the secret use of a landowner's prized dairy cow. The buttermilk scones they make prove a lucrative success but keeping their culinary secret and knowing when to cut and run prove tricky.

This is a finely observed account of male friendship. Tense and immediate, Reichardt’s filmmaking is always immaculate and shot with beautiful simplicity. Her western tale of two dreamers risking it all at the frontier is pure cinematic perfection.