One Man and His Cow

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One Man and His Cow
La Vache.jpg
Theatrical release poster
La Vache
Directed byMohamed Hamidi
Produced byNicolas Duval-Adassovsky
Laurent Zeitoun
Yann Zenou
Written byMohamed Hamidi
Alain-Michel Blanc
Fatsah Bouyahmed
StarringFatsah Bouyahmed
Lambert Wilson
Jamel Debbouze
Music byIbrahim Maalouf
CinematographyElin Kirschfink
Edited byMarion Monnier
Quad Productions
Distributed byPathé
Release date
  • 17 February 2016 (2016-02-17) (France)
Running time
91 minutes
Budget$5.3 million
Box office$9.2 million[1]

One Man and His Cow (original title: La Vache - The Cow) is a 2016 French comedy film directed by Mohamed Hamidi.


Fatah, a modest, cheerful and optimistic Algerian peasant who has never left his country, dreams of taking his cow Jacqueline to the Paris International Agricultural Show.

One day, to everyone's surprise, he receives an invitation to participate in the Paris show. He must then borrow money from all of the men of the village to complete his journey. He leaves his wife Naima and his two daughters and takes the boat to Marseille with his cow. But, having spent all his money to cross the Mediterranean, he is forced to walk to Paris. It is the start of a trip through France full of interesting encounters; Fatah finds himself repudiated by his brother-in-law, leading a slightly-too-inebriated village fair, being hosted by a bankrupt count, embroiled in a violent demonstration, is separated from Jacqueline, and finally jailed. Meanwhile, in his village, expectations rise and fall while the local mukhtar tries to make time with Naima, Fatah's wife, telling her her husband isn't coming home.

Spotted by the press, the brave walker and his cow become instant sensations on social media, provoking admiration and a few mockers. Despite difficulties, real dangers and despair, Fatah strives to reach the show in time to enter Jacqueline into the contest for the most beautiful Tarentaise cow...


Jamel Debbouze, Fatsah Bouyahmed and director Mohamed Hamidi at a preview.


  1. ^ JP. "La Vache (2016)- JPBox-Office".

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