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The best films in the UK this summer

First Cow plus After Love

By Wendy Ide  

Joanna Scanlan in After Love. Photo: Ran Studio

First Cow, In cinemas and Mubi, 28th May

Having already put her stamp on the western genre with Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt brings a quietly subversive revisionist spin to her depiction of frontier masculinity, with this exquisite study of male friendship, nurturing and cake baking. Exploring the bond between two outsiders in search of a better life, the film is a gentle pleasure, but an invigorating one. With crisply detailed cinematography and unassuming humour in the writing, it’s a picture that is as lovely and soulful as its eponymous bovine star.

After Love, In cinemas 4th June

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