The Controversial Movie That Made Your Audience Throw Up: What It’s About COW And Why You Need To See It

The Cannes Film Festival revolves around cinematographic works who hope to be recognized by their peers, and you never know what to expect from the projects that will be presented. From an unexpected film that steals everyone’s attention and unknown actors who make the front page, to iconic directors who disappoint with their projects, anything can happen at the largest film festival in the world.

This year, la documentary film “Cow”, from Andrea Arnold, took the attention of all the spectators from The Croisette, but maybe for the wrong reasons. It is not news that currently the problem of abuse of animal life is more present than ever, films like Seaspiracy, Cowspiracy y What The Health are some examples of projects that try to make the problem visible. Cow try to join the list.

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The documentary film put the focus particularly in the industry lctea. Arnold, known for its approach raw and genuine to women’s lives with films like Fish Tank, American Sweetness and the Big Little Lies series, try now to understand the suffering of cows and understand the challenges they face from day to day, by way of biography of life full of abuse that these carry in the hatcheries.

In the presentation of the film, its director said: “This is the story of a reality, that of a dairy cow, and a tribute to the immense service she provides us. When I look at Luma, our cow, I see the whole world through her “.

Tape, completely free of dialogue, seeks that we look at the world through the eyes of cows. Far from demonizing farmers, and without resorting to blood and excessive graphic violence, the film seeks that we put aside our concerns and human selfishness to put our attention on the great sacrifices of the animal world.


Due to their intense and raw images, many of the viewers were forced to leave the show as they could not bear it. However, others fought back the sensations of vertigo and nausea, and they stayed until the end to close the show with great applause for Arnold’s original proposal.

What is considered violent and explicit it changes with the years, today animal abuse is high on the list of impressionable things. Arnold decided to show the situation of the dairy industry not through innuendos and euphemisms, but very graphically, abandoning all intention of showing the subject from blindness. Beyond your various reactions, Cow it is one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

The documentary had its world premiere at the festival on July 8, 2021. Mubi I acquired the distribution rights of the movie in the UK, Ireland and Turkey. However, in other countries there is still no confirmed distributor, although It is expected that very soon it will be announced who will bring it to Latin America by the end of this year or early 2022.