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Follow Luma, a dairy cow, as she navigates the painful routine of farm life and the exploitation of her body.


Why watch this film?

"Cow" could easily fall into the propaganda film category - those movies that just spew out shocking opinions to sensitize the audience without anything concrete. However, nothing of the sort. With a simple premise, filmmaker Andrea Arnold ("American Honey") takes her camera and follows the life of Luma, a Dutch dairy cow somewhere in the UK. Right at the beginning of the feature, the friendly cow has her first calf - a little calf that is quickly taken away from its mother. From there, the filmmaker shows two paths: on one side, the loneliness and painful routine of Luma; on the other, the first steps of the calf in the life of this dairy farm. Thus, "Cow" begins to delve into the routine of abuses that this farm promotes. There is a feeling that things happen even with care for those animals - the farmers listen to music, call the cows by name and not by numbers, and so on. But it still remains an environment of animal exploitation. The protagonist cow, Luma, cannot stay with her calf. She has no control over her life, her desires and body, her needs. It is a hard and painful movie, difficult to watch, and it gives you an almost immediate melancholy. So, here's a warning of sensitive content: if you don't like seeing animals suffer or things like that, it's better to stay away - despite the urgent message.



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Plot summary

A portrait of the life of a dairy cow called Luma, this observational documentary unflinchingly chronicles its subject’s daily life, from grazing in green fields to giving birth, making milk and everything in between.

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Available at home