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A Cow and the Boy

A Feature film by Philippe Muyl

Produced by Gaumont

Release in France : 28/06/2000


    Romain, a farmer and widower in Brittany, owns a herd of about twenty cows. He has an eight year-old son called Lucas. The boy's mother died during childbirth. When they first came to live on the farm, Romain gave his wife a cow from the very distinctive Galloway breed (small and white, with big black ears). Romain, who has always dreamed of travelling to far-off lands, named his cows after Polynesian islands. The Galloway cow is called Fatoré. At the beginning of our story Fatoré gives birth to a little calf called Maéva. Unfortunately, the birth is complicated and Fatoré dies during it. Struck by the same fate, Lucas and Maéva became extraordinarily good friends…

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    I started with a light-hearted story to deal with the subjects that interest me most: a boy’s relationship with his father; the absence of his mother; the often contemptuous way people treat animals (and therefore nature); the way in which they are intrinsically linked to the world they live in; their relationship to power; my own philosophical musings. Yet it’s also a very personal film. I’ve slipped in little things and provided my own vision – maybe a little naïve – of today’s world.

    Philippe Muyl, Director


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    Executive Producer :

    Alain Poiré

    Screenwriters :

    Philippe Muyl, Philippe Le Dem

    Sound Recordist :

    Yves Osmu

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Guillaume Andreu

    Continuity supervisor :

    Anne-Marie Garcia

    Costume designer :

    Sylvie de Segonzac

    Assistant Director :

    Thierry Mauvoisin

    Director of Photography :

    Luc Drion

    Production managers :

    Philippe Schwartz, Philippe Desmoulins

    Editor :

    Catherine Kelber

    Production Designer :

    Dominique André

    Sound Mixer :

    William Flageollet

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    100% French (France)

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    1 h 30 min

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