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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Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


"Slow Elk" was suggested as an alternate title, as that's how cattle were known to Oregon's First People. 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 »


King-Lu: I see something in this land I haven't seen before. Pretty much everywhere has been touched by now. But this is still new, more nameless things around here than you can shake an eel at!
Cookie: Doesn't seem new to me, seems old.
King-Lu: Mm. Everything is old if you look at it that way.
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12 November 2020 | by skp-43271See all my reviews

For those viewers who believe the pace of the film is "slow", yes, there are no car chases. Instead, this film has a depth of character and original development that creates a mood so beautifully of the time and place. It is refreshing to have a plot that keeps the viewer's interest throughout. When the majority of movie offerings out there are pure trash, this film is a real treat.

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Release Date:

10 July 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Cow See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,323, 8 March 2020

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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