Gaav (1969) AKA The Cow


This highly symbolic Iranian drama (shot in black-and-white) revolves around the most important figure in a remote rural village. That figure is the village’s sole cow, owned by Mashdi Hassan. The beginning of the film makes clear just how vital the cow is to the life of the village and how much Mashdi and his neighbors cherish it. When the cow is threatened and then killed by members of a nearby clan, Mashdi becomes so distraught that he is gradually transformed into a cow himself. One highlight of this film is the glimpse it offers into a style of rural life which has gone unchanged for thousands of years.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui. AKA The Cow.
Writers: Dariush Mehrjui, Gholam-Hossein Saedi (play).
Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Mahin Shahabi, Ali Nasirian, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Firouz Behjat Mohammadi, Jafar Vali, Khosrow Shojazadeh, Ezzatollah Ramazanifar, Esmat Safavi.
Cinematographer: Fereydon Ghovanlou.
Composer: Hormouz Farhat.

1971 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.

Interview with Dariush Mehrjui about THE COW:


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RIP Dariush Mehrjui (1939-2023)

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One Comment

  1. s.k.
    November 14, 2023

    Excellent cinematography; arresting images from a strange and wonderful land.

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