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March 20, 2020

At the Movies: ‘First Cow,' a western fable of great poetry

AP Film Writer

The American West is about as well-trod territory as there is in movies, but Kelly Reichardt keeps unearthing new treasures.

Her latest excavation, “First Cow,” is her most sublime yet. Like many of Reichardt's previous films, it's set in Oregon but in a seemingly unremarkable in-between moment in history. It's a tale literally dug up. In its opening scenes, a contemporary woman and her dog are walking near a broad river where an oil tanker slowly glides past. The dog sniffs something first, then the woman sets to clawing the dirt away.

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