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Gaav (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama | December 1974 (USA)
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.

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Dariush Mehrjui
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ezzatolah Entezami ... Masht Hassan
Mahin Shahabi ... Hassans wife
Ali Nassirian ... Islam
Jamshid Mashayekhi ... Abbas
Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi
Jafar Vali Jafar Vali ... Kadkhoda
Khosrow Shojazadeh Khosrow Shojazadeh ... Boy
Ezzatollah Ramazanifar Ezzatollah Ramazanifar ... Madman
Esmat Safavi Esmat Safavi ... Old woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mahmoud Dowlatabadi Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
Parviz Fanizadeh
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Storyline

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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Genres:

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Certificate:

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Kuh See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Interesting idea, but...
30 December 2008 | by Humpty-Dumpty2See 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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