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La vache (2016)

An Algerian man's life-long dream finally comes true when he receives an invitation to take his cow Jacqueline to the Paris International Agriculture Fair.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fatsah Bouyahmed ... Fatah
... Philippe
... Hassan
Hajar Masdouki ... Naïma
... Samir du webcafé
Catherine Davenier ... Jacqueline
Abdellah Chakiri ... Mokhtar
Amal El Atrache ... L'institutrice
Miloud Khetib ... Hamé Hamed
Brigitte Guedj ... Brigitte
Christian Ameri ... Lucien
Sara Boutaghriad
Lamia El Wali
Mohamed Razine
Karina Marimon ... Cathy
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It's a fact. Fatah, a sympathetic Algerian farmer, even more than his wife, he only has eyes for his prized heifer Jacqueline, dreaming to see her victorious at Paris' renowned competition in the annual Salon de l'Agriculture. And then one day, much to the village's surprise, unsuspecting Fatah's faith and perseverance finally pay off when he receives a long-awaited precious invitation to take part in the prestigious contest. So without delay, Fatah who had never left neither his family nor his village, sets off on an exciting open-air adventure full of surprises and unexpected encounters; at first by boat to Marseille and then afterwards on foot with his beloved Jacqueline always on his side, heading towards Paris. Undoubtedly, this is a unique long-distance journey that won't go unnoticed. Written by Nick Riganas

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Also Known As:

No se metan con mi vaca  »

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$5,300,000 (estimated)
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Around 01:04:54, the functionary keeps his hands along his body. On the next shot, his hands are on the bar. On the next shot, they are along his body again. And so on... See more »

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Fatah: C'est la faute de la poire!
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Predictable but still sweet
1 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

A peasant from remote village in Algeria gets an invitation to attend an international bovine show in Paris after years of applying for it. Although the villagers mock his devotion to his cow Jaqueline, they lend him money for the journey, as it is a village code to help the neighbours. Fatah and Jaqueline set off to Paris on foot after crossing the Mediterranean Sea. It's a bit like Ulysses in Homer's Odyssey; will he get there on time? The plot isn't original by any means, but the film conveys the old truth that the innocence and good humour can move even the most obdurate hearts.


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