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The Cow (1969)

Gaav (original title)
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.

Director:

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
Mahtaj Nojoomi Mahtaj Nojoomi
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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:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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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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Trivia

Critics widely consider it the first film of the Iranian New Wave. See more »

Quotes

Masht Hassan: I'm not Hassan. I'm his cow.
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Featured in Cinema Iran (2005) See more »

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Surreal
4 July 2009 | by lyrxsfSee all my reviews

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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