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The Cow -- 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.

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December 1974 (USA) See more »
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An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Tedious but significant drama. See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ezzatolah Entezami ... Masht Hassan
Mahin Shahabi ... Hassans wife
Ali Nassirian ... Islam
Jamshid Mashayekhi ... Abbas
Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi
Jafar Vali ... Kadkhoda
Khosrow Shojazadeh ... Boy
Ezatallah Ramezanifar ... Madman
Esmat Safavi ... Old woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
Parviz Fanizadeh

Directed by
Dariush Mehrjui 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dariush Mehrjui  writer
Gholam-Hossein Saedi  play

Produced by
Dariush Mehrjui .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hormouz Farhat 
 
Cinematography by
Fereydon Ghovanlou 
 
Film Editing by
Dariush Mehrjui 
 
Sound Department
Hormouz Farhat .... sound
 

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Also Known As:
"Gaav" - Iran (original title)
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105 min
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One person who reacted warmly to the film was the then Ayatollah Khomeini.See more »
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Featured in Cinema Iran (2005) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Tedious but significant drama., 24 November 2002
Author: Mozjoukine (Mozjoukine@yahoo.com.au) from Australia

While it's director went on to do better work and this film marks a return of cinema to the post Shah Iran, sitting through it is an effort.

We lose out both ways with the basic technique and unshaded characters of underdeveloped cinema (this one is like an early Yilmas Guney but nowhere near as good) made pretentious by what we must assume is opaque symbolism on the Kafka model.

This village overfills it's quota of idiots.

Best thing is the title background of the man walking a cow, reduced to an abstract.

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