Under the slogan “25 years of Latin cinema”, the Lima Film Festival celebrates a new edition from August 19 to 29. Although the current health situation forces the organizers to bet on a different mechanism (it is carried out virtually), this does not imply that the emotion for the seventh art remains intact.
The great event was inaugurated with the film Cholo, starring the same football legend on which its history is built, Hugo Sotil, in a remastered version, with which a competition in which more than 30 visionaries participate Titles. However, regular consumers of good cinema also have the opportunity to reproduce various feature films that have already won the hearts of audiences in other latitudes.
Such is the case of First cow, an acclaimed film directed by the renowned American filmmaker Kelly reichard, who – through 122 minutes full of vivid rural scenes – tells us a captivating plot that has been described by many specialized media as a masterpiece. Something that undoubtedly arouses great interest, especially if one takes into account that it is part of the outstanding selection of content that is housed under the seal of A24, a company famous for films like The Witch, The Lighthouse, Midsommar, among others.
The official synopsis opens with Cookie, a cook hired by a fur-hunting expedition in the state of Oregon in the 1820s. The man meets King Lu, a Chinese immigrant with whom he forges a close friendship on a farm. hostile.
The two collaborate in a successful business, although their longevity depends on the clandestine participation of the prized dairy cow of a wealthy nearby landowner. Starting from this simple premise, Reichardt constructs a questioning of the founding America, on which, according to international portals, a critique of the injustices of capitalism is also elaborated.
For context, the example of the two cows is commonly used: you sell one and buy a bull, but what if there is only one cow? In this sense, First cow establishes a concept under which the aforementioned men start with the sale of baked products based on milk that they obtain, stealthily, from the only existing bovine for miles around. However, when the wealthy Englishman, owner of the animal, discovers it, Cookie and King Lu learn a hard lesson: if you mess with the bull, they will touch your horns.
A powerful story for a specialized critic that has not been disappointed, because currently holds a 96% approval rating, with a professing consensus: “First Cow finds director Kelly Reichardt retaking territory and themes that will be familiar to fans of her previous work, with typically gratifying results.”
What does the review of First cow say?
- Tara Brady – Irish Times
“Reichardt works with delicate movements as a storyteller. The wonderful chemistry of Magaro and Lee perfectly follows the rhythm of the filmmaker ”.
- Deborah Ross – The Spectator
“It’s moving, cute, original, fascinating, definitely the best cow movie of the year. In addition, it is also a discreetly masterful thriller in which a clafoutis (blueberry) will have you on the edge of the seat ”.
- Mark Kermode – Observer (UK)
“A fable about land and freedom that serves as an up close and personal portrait of friendship and a larger snapshot of America, rooted in the rich soil of the Pacific Northwest.”
- Rich Cline – Shadows on the Wall
“These people come to life with vivid personalities, even when everything remains understated, with much more revealed through their actions than their words.”
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