I genuinely believe this would have made for a great short film, instead it is an overly-long, inaccessible feature.It's funny because the movie is so economical in dialogues (quite literally less lines than a sitcom episode) but so inordinate in everything else.
"How is a baker like a beggar? They both need bread". This is a story of bakers and beggars. Rich and poor. From those who can buy a cow and who have to steal her milk. A western with a feminine look. Kelly Reichardt's cinema is quiet but deep. She constructs the characters with patience but complexity. The last one is a radical film that talks about the roots of capitalism through a story of friendship.
Stunning film from Kelly Reichardt. Wendy and Lucy still remains my favourite of hers but this ran it extremely close. The way Reichardt shoots the Oregon landscape and the nature within it is absolutely beautiful.
At it's heart it's a tale of friendship among those that set off for America's West Coast to find their fortune. Not unlike something like There Will be Blood. But it's done with so much grace and compassion that the viewer is floored by the two main characters' affinity with each other.
There's a reveal in the very first segment of the film too, which just reinforces how good a filmmaker Reichardt is to pull this off. John Magaro's performance is also noteworthy. Great film.
No, not a film about the previous president's wife, First Cow is the story of two men in ye olde tymes out in the wild northwest. It's a wonderful sepia photograph, though 2 hours is a long time to look at a picture.
Another kind of movie. I didn’t know what I was watching... still not 100% sure. Sometimes slow but always entertaining.