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The Cow (1969)
"Gaav" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  December 1974 (USA)
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The whole village knows that Mashti Hassan loves his cow to death. One day he goes to the Tehran. His cow dies. The villagers are afraid of what might happen once Hassan finds out his cow is dead. What will happen when he finds out?

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Credited cast:
Ezzatolah Entezami ...
Masht Hassan
Mahin Shahabi ...
Hassans wife
Ali Nassirian ...
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Jamshid Mashayekhi ...
Abbas
Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi
Jafar Vali ...
Kadkhoda
Khosrow Shojazadeh ...
Boy
Ezatallah Ramezanifar ...
Madman
Esmat Safavi ...
Old woman
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Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
Parviz Fanizadeh
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Masht Hassan owns the only cow in a remote and desolate village. He treats the cow as his own child. When he is away, his cow dies. Knowing the relationship between Masht Hassan and his cow, the villagers hastily dispose the corpse, and when Masht Hassan comes back, they tell him that his cow ran away. Masht Hassan is devastated, he starts to spend all his time in the barn, eating hay, and slowly believes that he is the cow. Written by Sam Tabibnia <samtab@uclink.berkeley.edu>

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Interesting idea, but...
30 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very primitive. Villagers don't speak, they take turns, as if on cue, to SHOUT their lines at the top of their lungs, and in a pronounced Tehrani accent at that. The incessant SHOUTING gets annoying real fast.

What makes things worse is that the sound level is the same regardless of the actors' distances from the scene. Someone shouting from the top of a roof several houses away is as loud as someone standing next to you. If you don't look at the screen, you will get the feeling that all actors are standing around a single microphone and shouting into it.

This could have been a much better movie in the hands of a more experienced director and crew but as it is, I couldn't stand it. Fast-forwarded through.


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