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Adam is a young farmer. As a child, fleeing the bleak reality of his mother's life as a prostitute, he tumbled from a mountain and was mentally injured. Years later, his mother is dying, so Adam sells their only cow to pay for medicine. Rosa, a beautiful young maid, fleeing the sexual exploitation of a wealthy butcher, climbs up to join them on their remote farm and dares to become part of Adam's world. A cycle of life begins again, in a remote turn-of-the-century village tied to the land and its animals. Written by
Fiona Kelleghan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A beautifully shot film with a deceptively simple story...
This film is one of those in which people don't say much, but you miss absolutely nothing because of it. All the emotions of the characters are immediately evident as you see them struggle for survival in spite of the natural beauty that surrounds them. Although the story might make some people say "so what?" its simplicity and the unobtrusive way in which it is shot are in themselves a statement, even a political statement (one should remember that Eastern European films are censored before they are released or even produced). One film that came to mind when watching "Krava" (The Cow) was Vittorio de Sica's "Bicycle Thieves" same problem, different setting. Watch it and let yourself be engrossed by the lives of these people; you'll laugh and cry for them.
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