In the 1820s, two travellers who meet through chance and circumstance form a kinship through the hardship of early nineteenth century life in the Oregon territory. As they dream of making their fortune on the frontier, the two team up on a dangerous scheme that depends on the secret use of the wealthy landowner's prized Jersey cow – the first, and only, in the territory.
Set among outcasts on the fringes of society, First Cow is an understated but absorbing tale of friendship. Directed by Kelly Reichardt, it's told with gentleness and touching compassion, yet driven by a mounting suspense all its own.
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