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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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Interesting idea, but... 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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5 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Interesting idea, but..., 30 December 2008
Author: Humpty-Dumpty2 from United States

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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