The Cow (Gaav)
Ezzatolah Entezami, Mahin Shahabi, Ali Nassirian, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi / Fiction / Persian
This seminal work of the Iranian New Wave remains a classic for its potent combination of stark realism and poetic expressiveness. The only cow in a small, impoverished village is the prize possession of a lonely farmer who has a deep emotional attachment to the animal. While the farmer is away on a trip, the cow mysteriously dies. The villagers try to keep the truth from the farmer, whose bewildered sadness spirals into despair and madness. [PG]
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