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The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future

La Vaca que Cantó Una Canción Hacia el Futuro

Francisca Alegria | 2022 | 98 MINS
Chile | Subtitles
International Panorama: Chile

When thousands of fish die in a polluted river in southern Chile, Magdalena, a woman long-deceased, emerges amongst their lifeless bodies. A hauntingly beautiful Chilean fable.

In Detail

Magdalena encounters her widowed husband, sending him into a state of shock and prompting the return of their daughter, Cecilia.

Magdalena's presence and her effect on the environment stirs curiosity and fear among her family. As the past comes into focus, mother and daughter are met with the opportunity to change the future. Thankfully, Francisca Alegría's feature debut manages to be enduringly moving and hopeful instead of angry and pessimistic. This is a languidly paced art film, but it's a rare treat to watch a film that's deliberate, enigmatic, and easy to recommend. Even if you're not sure what's happening, Alegria's film never loses your focus.

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