First Cow (2021)

  • Drama
  • 2h 2m
“We have to take what we can, when the taking is good”

Modern master Kelly Reichardt returns to the Pacific Northwest in this rich and resonant tale of an unlikely friendship on the American frontier. One night, while foraging along the riverbank, softly spoken cook Otis “Cookie” Figowitz (John Magaro) encounters King-Lu (Orion Lee) crouching in the underbrush, cold and vulnerable. On the run, King-Lu finds a much-needed friend in Cookie, who conceals him back at camp. With Cookie’s culinary prowess, and King-Lu’s sharp business sense, the two hatch a get-rich scheme, selling doughnut-like “oily cakes” at the local market. The catch? The milk needed for the recipe must be secretly pilfered from the only cow in town, which belongs to wealthy landowner Chief Factor (Toby Jones).

★★★★★ “A surprising treat filled with friendship, tenderness and deep-fried dough” — The Guardian


Kelly Reichardt