Cow

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Showings

Pickford Film Center Fri, Apr 29 4:45 PM
Masks are required in the lobby and restrooms, and encouraged in the theaters.
Pickford Film Center Sat, Apr 30 1:30 PM
Masks are required in the lobby and restrooms, and encouraged in the theaters.
Pickford Film Center Sun, May 1 12:30 PM
Masks are required in the lobby and restrooms, and encouraged in the theaters.
Pickford Film Center Sun, May 1 6:15 PM
Masks are required in the lobby and restrooms, and encouraged in the theaters.
Pickford Film Center Mon, May 2 3:15 PM
Masks are required in the lobby and restrooms, and encouraged in the theaters.
Pickford Film Center Tue, May 3 3:15 PM
Masks are required in the lobby and restrooms, and encouraged in the theaters.
This Screening is REFRESHMENT FREE. MASKS ARE REQUIRED.
No Concessions will be sold, and EVERYONE keeps their masks on the whole time while in the theatre. Directed by: Andrea Arnold This film is an endeavour to consider cows. To move us closer to them. To see both their beauty and the challenge of their lives. Not in a romantic way but in a real way. It's a film about one dairy cow's reality and acknowledging her great service to us. Refreshment Free Screenings, Masks are on at all times 5/3 @ 3:15 PM
Pickford Film Center Wed, May 4 3:15 PM
Masks are required in the lobby and restrooms, and encouraged in the theaters.
Pickford Film Center Thu, May 5 6:45 PM
Masks are required in the lobby and restrooms, and encouraged in the theaters.
Film Info
Rating:NR
Reason for rating:_
Official Site:https://www.cow.movie/
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkCXJfdJE5A
Country of Origin:UK
Language:English
Genre:Vérité, Documentary

Description

Directed by: Andrea Arnold

Academy Award winner Andrea Arnold returns with an intimate portrait of one dairy cow’s life. The film highlights the beauty and challenges cows face, and their great service to us all.

Cow is Scottish filmmaker Andrea Arnold's first documentary, among her five brilliant feature films, but it is still very much an "Andrea Arnold" film. Arnold's features, even her literary adaptation Wuthering Heights, have each used a cinema verite-adjacent approach, where a naturalistic, character-driven narrative immerses us into each character's psychology and then beautifully seeps out into the overall tone and experience of the film. Her camera operates without judgment -- we observe and feel with her characters, even in their morally dubious choice, and to watch one of her films is to be immersed in a uniquely empathetic experience. Her documentary Cow uses the same kind of empathy, intimacy, observational, naturalistic style, except here, Arnold's subject is a real dairy cow, not a fictional human being, and we follow the cow's day-to-day life on a working dairy farm to its most specific detail. The camera is fully our guide, and while we sometimes overhear conversations among the farm workers, our focus is fully on Luma, the cow, and we experience life, over the four years Arnold filmed from her point of view. The effect is a kind of radical empathy: there are Luma's eyes, a frequent center of focus, which seem to speak in ways literal speech cannot do; there is the profound ache as Luma's calves are, after birth, immediately taken from her; there is the heel-kicking joy of being let out to the green sunny spring pasture, after confinement in the winter barn. There is only one moment, near the end, when we are abruptly removed from Luma's experience of the world, and while I will not give away the ending, it is worth noting that Andrea Arnold is never one to shy away from the brutal realities of the real world. It is a gentle film in many ways, beautifully dignifying Luma's life and experiences, but Arnold, while never didactic, has made a film where I think it will be difficult to consider cows and the dairy products we use, in quite the same way again.