Directed by Dariush Mehrjui
This is a love story between a man and his cow. That's right. Does the very idea of that exhaust you? I guess it is worth it because this film inspired more cinema from the Middle East. So let's take a trip to Pretentiousland for the sake of the future.
Hassan loves his cow. He leaves his village for a short time and unfortunately, the cow dies while he is gone. The villagers tell Hassan that the cow ran away because they knew things would get weird if he knew the truth. Things get weird anyway and Hassan starts pretending to be a cow. All right then.
I don't have much to say about this film, so I will keep it short. It was clearly trying to make me feel something that I just wasn't feeling. Don't get me wrong, I understand the importance of the cow: it was his companion, the only one in the village, his pride and joy, etc. But there are so many movies about the loss of someone really special in your life (whether it is a child or a sibling) that this film just felt like an emotional step down. I might be the only one that felt that way, so you may want to give this film a shot.
That is my scattered review on The Cow. I was never into pet films, so I advise skipping this one.
A disclaimer was tacked on by the film's financial backers saying that the story took place long before the current regime in Iran.