FilmScene in the Park Sat, Jun 11, 2022 8:45 PM
Series Info
Series:FilmScene in the Park
Reel Representation
Film Info
Runtime:122 minutes
Director:Kelly Reichardt
Year Released:2019
Production Country:USA


FilmScene in the Park is presented by McComas Lacina Construction in collaboration with Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.

Event sponsored by New Pioneer Food Co-op. New Pi will be on hand before the screening with free samples of their vegan chocolate chip cookies AND they'll be raffling off a $100 gift card!

FREE and open to the public

"If only every film could achieve the sublime tenderness of First Cow."—Karen Han, Polygon

"An expertly lush, languid tale about friendship, class, and yes, a very handsome cow."—Adam Nayman, The Ringer

"It is touching, tender, original, entrancing, definitely the best cow film of the year."—Deborah Ross, The Spectator

A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. This simple premise is the framework for a critique of capitalism and an interrogation of foundational Americana while exploring a sensitive depiction of male friendship.

Evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life and driven by a quietly mounting suspense all its own, director Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women) continues to show her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.