Running time: 94 mins
Bafta nomination: Best Documentary
Academy Award-winning director Andrea Arnold (American Honey, Fish Tank) returns with COW, a remarkable and compelling portrait of the life of a dairy cow called Luma that marks her first foray into feature-length documentary filmmaking.
Here she unflinchingly chronicles the details of Luma’s daily life, from grazing in green fields to giving birth, making milk and everything in between. This intimate portrait ranks Luma among Arnold’s iconic collection of formidable female characters, battling the restrictive structures in which they live.
Raw and deceptively straightforward, Arnold’s latest utilises her characteristic realism to pinpoint the impact of humanity’s relationship with, and reliance on, other animals. COW is a piece of pure cinema shot through with the filmmaker’s typically vivacious energy.