The Cow

Directed by Dariush Mehrjui

1969

The Cow is a Farsi-language film about a middle-aged Iranian, the rural village he lives in, and his cow. The film is both detailed in its depiction of village life and unexpected in its capacity for the surreal. The Cow threatens to veer into irrelevant absurdity, but is grounded by well-drawn characters and a clear sense of place.

Would see.

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2 thoughts on “The Cow

    1. I saw it at Penn Cinema Initiative’s screening in Philadelphia. The Cow is often considered to be the first film of the Iranian New Wave. Its honest portrayal of rural life in Iran angered the Iranian government and nearly prevented a domestic audience from seeing the film.

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