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Influenced by Italian Neorealism, THE COW has the beauty and simplicity associated with the great films of that movement. In a small village in Iran, Hassan cherishes his cow more than anything in the world, for both emotional and economical reasons. While he is away, the cow mysteriously dies, and the villagers protectively try to convince Hassan the cow has wandered off. Grief stricken, Hassan begins to believe he is his own beloved bovine. The story is Mehrjui's treatise on emotional attachment told in his characteristic simple and touching manner.
THE COW won great acclaim at the Venice Film Festival after being smuggled out of Iran in 1971, and was twice voted the best Iranian film ever made by a survey of Iranian film critics.
The most interesting and accomplished filmmaker the United States has never heard of. --The New York Times
A striking documentary flavor of rural life in Iran. --Variety
Beautifully Made! --Sunday Times (UK)
A sweet, naïve and beautifully symbolic movie!. Must see to get in touch with humanityPublished 2 months ago by Eduardo De Anda
long , drawn out...have always liked Iranian movies...but not this one !Published 2 months ago by KATHLEEN TIETZE
Talk about unhollywood! Very simple allegorical story of a man's relationship with his one cow and how his life and those of his fellow-villagers are affected by it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frank Kingford
This is not a movie for everyone. If you are into cultural, foreign, and period black & white movies with subtitles, then please watch it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D
Okay, I didn't finish this. The dreamy scenes between the cow and its owner dragged on so long, I couldn't stand it another second. It's artsy and dull.Published 7 months ago by Beth Carlson White