Kelly Reichardt has been in our lives since 1994. Over 25 years later, Reichardt continues to make character studies, films that humanize specific people, and particular relationships. She gives us characters to relate to, honest films that focus on real people and real stories. After indie success in “Certain Women” and slowly growing a cult following, Reichardt’s new film “First Cow” already has a level of critical acclaim before even hitting theaters.
Here is the official synopsis:
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.
Hitting the festival circuit at Telluride Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, “First Cow,” continues an already stellar career for one of Hollywood’s finest directors in Reichardt. A film widely reviewed, “First Cow,” looks to be another chapter of compelling and heartfelt storytelling.
Written and directed by Reichardt, the film will firmly look to put itself in the running for independent awards contention with the power of A24 by its side. The hipster production company has continued to grow in popularity, gaining devout followers and more awards recognition, especially after its big “Moonlight” win a few years ago.
Though the film is set in the Oregon Territory a couple hundred years ago, it looks to feature an uncommon friendship and a new business venture, ideas not unusual in this new decade. Based on the book “The Half Life” by Jonathan Raymond, “First Cow” looks to blend comedy, drama, and a bit of period specificity into a striking piece of filmmaking. If the film attracts a large audience, with both critical and general acclaim, Reichardt will continue her run of excellence into a new decade.
Starring John Magaro (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Orion Lee (“Critical”), “First Cow” will be released on March 6, 2020, by A24.