Cow (2021 film)

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Directed byAndrea Arnold
Produced byKat Mansoor
CinematographyMagda Kowalczyk
Edited by
  • Rebecca Lloyd
  • Jacob Schulsinger
  • Nicolas Chaudeurge
Distributed byMUBI
Release date
  • 8 July 2021 (2021-07-08) (Cannes)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

Cow is a 2021 British documentary film by Andrea Arnold, revolving around the life of a cow.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 8 July 2021.


The film revolves around the life of a cow.[2]


Andrea Arnold had wanted to make a documentary revolving around an animal for years, and considered making one about a chicken, but ultimately kept coming back to a cow.[3] The film follows a milking cow and her calf, with Arnold warning the farmers about the potential response their farm would receive once the film was released.[4][5] Arnold wanted the audience to "see" the cow, with real feelings.[6] Production took place over the course of several years, with post-production taking place while Arnold was editing the second season of Big Little Lies.[7][8]


Cow had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 8 July 2021.[9] Prior to, MUBI acquired distribution rights to the film in the UK, Ireland and Turkey.[10] That same month, IFC Films acquired US distribution rights.[11] It was also selected in 'Icon' section of 26th Busan International Film Festival and will be screened in October 2021.[12]


Cow received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 81% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 16 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.40/10.[13] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 81 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[14]


  1. ^ "Cow". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  2. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (3 June 2021). "MK2 Films Boards Andrea Arnold's Cannes-bound Film 'Cow' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  3. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (15 July 2021). "Andrea Arnold Has Directed A-Listers. Her Latest Star? This Cow". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  4. ^ O'Connor, Rory (25 July 2021). "Andrea Arnold on Capturing Cow, Bovine Beauty, and the Brutality of Nature". The Film Stage. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Interview with Andrea Arnold President of the Jury of Un Certain Regard". Cannes Film Festival. 10 July 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  6. ^ Tsai, Caroline (24 July 2021). "Filmmaker Andrea Arnold On 'Cow': The Beauty & Brutality Of Nature In All Is Unglamorized Truth [Interview]". The Playlist. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  7. ^ Hirwani, Peony (15 July 2021). "Cannes premiere lineup includes film shot from a cow's perspective". The Independent. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  8. ^ Ravindan, Manori (9 July 2021). "Andrea Arnold Subtly Hints at Negative 'Big Little Lies' Experience: 'I Learned a Great Deal'". Variety. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  9. ^ "The films of the Official Selection 2021". Cannes Film Festival. 3 June 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  10. ^ Grater, Tom (1 July 2021). "Mubi Boards Andrea Arnold Documentary 'Cow' – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  11. ^ D’Alessandro, Anthony (28 July 2021). "IFC Films Picks Up Andrea Arnold's Buzzy Cannes Doc 'Cow'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  12. ^ "2021 Program". BIFF. 15 September 2021. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Cow (2021)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Cow Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 August 2021.

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