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First Cow (2019)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 July 2020 (USA)
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A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.


Kelly Reichardt


Jonathan Raymond (based upon the novel "The Half-Life" by) (as Jon Raymond), Jonathan Raymond (screenplay) (as Jon Raymond) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alia Shawkat ... Woman with Dog
John Magaro ... Cookie
Dylan Smith ... Trapper Jack
Ryan Findley Ryan Findley ... Tapper Dame
Clayton Nemrow ... Trapper Clyde
Manuel Rodriguez ... Trapper Bill
Orion Lee ... King-Lu
Patrick D. Green ... Russian Trapper
Evie Evie ... The Cow
Ewen Bremner ... Lloyd
Jared Kasowski ... Thomas
Rene Auberjonois ... Man with Raven (as René Aubergenois)
Jean-Luc Boucherot Jean-Luc Boucherot ... Sailor in Saloon
Jeb Berrier ... Cribbage Player
John Keating ... Heckler in Saloon


A loner and cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee). The men collaborate on a business, although its longevity is reliant upon the participation of a wealthy landowner's prized milking cow. Written by A24

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. | See all certifications »

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A clarfoutis is a French dessert consisting of a layer of fruit , traditionally black cherries , covered in batter , baked , and covered in powdered sugar , sometimes served with cream, See more »


Cookie mentions he would like to have a business in San Francisco. However, since the film is set in the 1820s, at that time San Francisco was known as Yerba Buena. It didn't adopt the name of San Francisco until 1846. See more »

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Kelly Reichardt's best film to date
22 February 2020 | by Alexander_BlanchettSee all my reviews

A positive surprise. At first the film feels that it doesnt know where it goes and shows a VERY detailed introduction of its two protagonists. But detail is the key word for this newest feature by Kelly Reichardt. The visuals are extremely detailed and so are the characters in general. We get a lot of information just by watching them in their daily lives and slowly the plot thickens and has some unexpected turns. Kelly Reichardt really did a fantastic job telling that story. She proves a fantastic eye for visuality, showing off some fantastic nature shots that really add a lot to the atmosphere of the film. She did everything right with this film, although she might once in a while loses herself a little bit too much in her details. The actors were wisely chosen and the leading roles filled with rather unknown actors who are usually in secondary roles. First of all there is John Magaro who is very subtle and effective. The better performance came from Orion Lee who is extremely charismatic and does a lot with the role given to him. I think he might have a very interesting future. I loved how he handled that role and gave it many different facettes. There is a good supporting performance by Toby Jones who does wonders with his rather one dimensional character. Ewen Bremner is a bit wasted, but not as much as Lily Gladstone which was insulting. Gladstone was brilliant in Reichardt's previous film, and ended up in my Top 5 Supporting Actresses so I was shocked how misused she was in this film. But thats just one of the very few flaws the film that. Another very positive note goes to the score, which is fantastic and as mentioned before the cinematography. Give it a try and try to read as less as possible about it so you have the chance to perfectly soak into it.

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