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December 1974 (USA) See more »
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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? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Surreal See more (13 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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Financed largely by the Shah's government, the producers were aghast at the finished film as they felt that it made Iran look like it was a completely backwards country. The film was only allowed to be released with a disclaimer attached stating that the events depicted happened long before the then existing regime.See more »
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Featured in Cinema Iran (2005) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Surreal, 4 July 2009
Author: Magic Lamp from Bangalore

This movie is about as far as one can get from Hollywood blockbusters. Its about a cow. About a cow and a very loving owner. And what happens to them ultimately. There's melancholy and madness in the tragic ending. But the movie also scales new heights in the bonding between human and animals, in this case, a cow. The camera has been used is a surreal way. Shadows and people mix creating a spookiness which adds to the oddity of the general environment depicted. There's very palpable tension in the movie, created by the elements related to the cow and the three shadowy thieves who perhaps symbolize lawlessness. What also struck me was the looming silence of the black burkah-clad women and occasion glimpses of their crinkly faces. All very surreal. There are some very interesting personalities which come alive through the script, other than the cow of course!

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