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Cows (1992)

Vacas (original title)
Set in the Basque region, a story of the rivalry of two families, period 1870-1935


Julio Medem
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Suárez ... Cristina
Carmelo Gómez ... Manuel, Ignacio and Peru Irigibel
Ana Torrent ... Catalina
Karra Elejalde ... Ilegorri / Lucas
Klara Badiola Klara Badiola ... Madalen (as Clara Badiola)
Txema Blasco Txema Blasco ... Manuel
Kandido Uranga ... Carmelo / Juan
Pilar Bardem ... Paulina (as Pilar Barden)
Miguel Ángel García Miguel Ángel García ... Peru as a child
Ane Sánchez Ane Sánchez ... Cristina as a child
Magdalena Mikolajczak Magdalena Mikolajczak ... Daughter as a child
Enara Azkue Enara Azkue ... Daughter as a child
Ortzi Balda Ortzi Balda ... Ilegorri / Lucas as a child
Elisabeth Ruiz Elisabeth Ruiz ... Hermana mayor
Ramón Barea ... Juez


A film set in the Basque region, beginning in the Carlist war of 1875 and ending during the Spanish Civil war of 1936. The film portrays how one single act of cowardice shapes the life of the next three generations of two families and fuels the intense rivalry which will span the next sixty-one years. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Mystery | Romance | War


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Manuel: This is important. This is very important. This is very, very important.
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1 August 2004 | by bulltorouk-1See all my reviews

two of the most fascinating subjects in Carl Jung's psychoanalysis are synchronicity and the collective unconscious with its archetypes. i am sure Jung would have loved this movie if he was alive this same day. the subliminal moments of the movie are those when the most remote events, people and/or things seem to coincide in one point regardless of time and space. this is what Carl Jung calls 'synchronicity'. according to Jung, this synchronicities happen in our lives and their function is to indicate a meaning and purpose in life. from the beginning we can see how this strange coincidences point towards a destiny. this type of strange coincidences happen to many people around the world during their lives.

the symbolism is most obvious in manuel's drawings. the way that manuel who appears as disconnected and insane, is on the contrary a well tuned connection with the collective unconscious, therefore, he has developed a strong sense of intuition where he can transcend and 'see' meaningful events in the future. the shape of things to come is what his drawings are about.

an excellent movie!

by the way, please excuse my English if you find some wrong spelling and some grammatical mistakes. English is my second language.

thank you

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10 December 1993 (Sweden) See more »

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