Kelly Reichardt follows Robert Bresson’s example and makes her own version of Au Hasard Balthazar: instead of a donkey passed around from person to person, there’s a single cow—the first to appear in 19th-century Oregon. While its wealthy British owner needs only a splash of milk for his afternoon tea, a couple of itinerant hustlers, including a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) and a shy, aspiring baker named Cookie (John Magaro from Orange Is the New Black), have something a bit different in mind when they sneak up on the peaceful animal at night. Soon thereafter, trappers looking for a better life are lining up to sample their illegal baked goods. In the weirdest western of all time, which enchanted audiences at this year’s Berlin festival, Reichardt once again overwhelms viewers with the tenderness with which she treats her protagonists, including the slightly hairier ones, as she shows how the Wild West really was won—at times through force, at times through illicit cookies.
Deauville FF 2020 - Jury Prize
One of America’s top contemporary directors, Kelly Reichardt is known for her minimalistic style. Born in Florida, her films have been shown at the world’s biggest festivals, including Venice, where the western Meek’s Cutoff, starring one of Reichardt’s favorite actresses, Michelle Williams, was an award winner.Her debut, River of Grass, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award—like Wendy and Lucy, which also won a Palm Dog in Cannes for best performance by a canine in the festival’s official selection.
1994 River of Grass
2008 Wendy i Lucy / Wendy and Lucy
2010 Meek’s Cutoff
2016 Kobiecy świat / Certain Women
2019 Pierwsza krowa / First Cow