A film by Andrea Arnold

2021 / documentary / 93’ / Color / status : completed

“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. When I look at Luma, our cow, I see the whole world in her.”

–  Andrea Arnold

US sales rep : Submarine Entertainment


“Remarkable. Unflinching and empathetic. There is something very heartfelt and committed about Andrea Arnold’s film: a poignancy and intimacy.”

Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

“GRADE: A-. Elemental. A hypnotic spell rife with significance. Andrea Arnold generates empathy for animals better than Disney ever could. A stirring contemplation of a life reduced to resources. Wrestles with the bleak nature of the world while acknowledging its transcendent beauty at the same time. It enacts its simple premise in straightforward terms, but assembles them into a profound big picture. A small miracle. The kind of sound and image deep dive that the term “pure cinema” was invented to describe”


“A piece of pure cinema that’s also loaded with political meaning. Gripping. A uniquely fascinating experiment. There is remarkable film craft on display, plenty of moments of wonder and beauty, some heart-melting tenderness and a finale to match The Irishman. Compelling and unique. A vital and ground-breaking work of art. It gives any viewer plenty to chew on.”

Jason Solomons, THE WRAP

“Nearly wordless, yet extremely loud. Arnold’s first feature-length documentary applies her characteristic kitchen-sink realism and quotidian poetry to a world where animals exist solely under human control. Captivating. For a brief, divine moment, Cow shows us what a cow’s life could be, were we not there. A mooooving and udderly intimate portrait of bovine life.”


“GRADE: A-. Provides a raw, textured, cinéma vérité view of mortality and animal cruelty—one that forces its viewers to question the nature of human consumption and factory farming, as well as humanity itself. Remarkably moving. Arnold makes cows interesting to look at, if not beautiful: Cow embraces the raw physicality of these animals, from their muscled haunches to their distended udders to their expressive, darting eyes, fringed with white eyelashes.”

Caroline Tsai, AWARDS WATCH

“Andrea Arnold turns her astute observational skills to the bovine world. She has cast a charismatic screen newcomer and kept the camera close to her throughout. Cow gives audiences plenty to chew on.”

Anna Smith, DEADLINE


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