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Aro Favourite First Cow

 

USA 2019, 122 minutes
Dir. Kelly Reichardt
Rating: [PG] Violence & coarse language
Genres: Drama / Western

Topics: Period - 1800s.

 

“It is a tremendously engaging story which does something that very few movies do: mention money. Something very palpable is at stake, the jeopardy is real and it’s a question of survival.”~Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Aroview: A western set in the Pacific Northwest from acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt (MEEK'S CUTOFF), patiently depicting the hardscrabble way of life of the early nineteenth century. Based on the novel 'The Half Life" by long-time Reichardt collaborator Jonathan Raymond, who also co-wrote the script.

John Magaro plays a skilled cook who joins a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, seeking his fortune along with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee). When the pair learn of the first milk cow in the region, they start a business which involves sneaking onto a wealthy Englishman's property at night to milk the cow, then using the milk to bake biscuits that prove very popular at the local market.

A perceptive and authentic portrait of male friendship set against the immense backdrop of rural America.

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