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One Man and His Cow (2016)

La vache (original title)
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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.


Mohamed Hamidi


Alain-Michel Blanc (dialogue), Alain-Michel Blanc (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fatsah Bouyahmed Fatsah Bouyahmed ... Fatah
Lambert Wilson ... Philippe
Jamel Debbouze ... Hassan
Hajar Masdouki Hajar Masdouki ... Naïma
Fehd Benchemsi ... Samir du webcafé
Catherine Davenier Catherine Davenier ... Jacqueline
Abdellah Chakiri Abdellah Chakiri ... Mokhtar
Amal El Atrache Amal El Atrache ... L'institutrice
Miloud Khetib Miloud Khetib ... Hamé Hamed
Brigitte Guedj Brigitte Guedj ... Brigitte
Christian Ameri Christian Ameri ... Lucien
Sara Boutaghriad Sara Boutaghriad
Lamia El Wali Lamia El Wali
Mohamed Razine Mohamed Razine
Karina Marimon Karina Marimon ... Cathy


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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Borderline cute, though teenager-level humor abounds
8 March 2017 | by medfair-98640See all my reviews

La Vache is a French comedy describing Fatah, an Algerian peasant from an obscure village, whose dream is to take his beloved cow Jacqueline to the Paris agricultural fair and competition. With the help of his fellow villagers, Jacqeline and Fatah cross the Mediterranean and start walking across France to Paris. Fatah meets many good people who help him and love his good humor and innocence, while he becomes a TV and Web celebrity and his progress is watched by millions in France, and also by his native village. Will he make the competition? Will Jacqueline win? You'll have to watch the movie to find out. I had a few laughs and enjoyed Fatsah Bouyahmed acting Fatah, but for the most of it one gets the feeling that one has seen this movie many times. In a nutshell it is blow-by-blow a parallel to The World Fastest Indian. Both heroes cross the sea (or the ocean) to get their beloved possession (the cow Jacqeline or the antique Indian motorcycle) for a world- class competition, both get financially helped by their compatriots, both meet with sometimes serious and often funny obstacles, both encounter romantic possibilities, both have to get to the competition at the last minute (and are denied entrance). Morevoer, both heroes project good humor, perseverance, and their non-blase naivete presents simple wisdom that puts the convoluted and frantic West way of life to true test. Despite these superficial similarities, The World Wld Fastest Indian is an intelligent, refined and meaningful humorous drama, while La Vache is Junior High level slapstick. Although Bouyahmed is endearing, he is a far shot from Anthony Hopkins. And last, but far from least, Jacqueline is just a cow (and not terribly attractive at that), whereas the Indian bike has a soul. As for photography, Fatah and his Cow walking through French cities is far from the beautiful, lyrical night scene of Vittorio De Sica walking his elephant through empty Rome in Hello Elephant. A harmless small movie, OK for early teens and those that would like to go back to that age.

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French | Arabic

Release Date:

17 February 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

No se metan con mi vaca See more »


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$5,300,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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