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Vacas (1992)

Cast: Emma Suarez, Carmelo Gómez, Ana Torrent, more...
Director: Julio Medem
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Studio: Vanguard Cinema
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Spain
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

In Basque country, feuds, governments, and wars come and go, while cows placidly observe the strange behaviors of the humans who care for them. In 1875, during a massacre inspired by an out-of-control family feud, a farmer and his friend find themselves in a ditch together. One of them dies, and the other survives by playing possum using his friend's blood as a disguise. As the film flashes forward in time, the man is now a grandfather who amuses himself by painting the tranquil gaze of cows over and over again, while he observes that his son is having an affair with his dead friend's granddaughter. Finally, during the Civil War in 1936, violence again mars the life of the family, as the illegitimate son of the earlier affair attempts to make headway with his life. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Wonderful Look at History Repeating Itself... by ASzymanska February 5, 2008 - 9:09 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
It is a great slow-paced film about how the more things change through history the more they repeat themselves. The cinematography of the movie is beautiful, the characters although often frustrating, bring one to take a critical look at our own actions and the effect they have on our own history and that of those around us and following us.

A great compassionate and non-judgmental look at the human condition. Unspeakably beautiful and touching.

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(Average 6.00)
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