Fifth about The Seventh

Ballad of a White Cow (Ghasideyeh Gave Sefid)

Ballad of a White Cow: Maryam Moghadam and Behtash Sanaeeha’s ponderous drama looks at how the life of a woman whose husband is found to be innocent after the death penalty is turned upside down. The film divides its attention between her and a man who has a debt to pay and decides to help her. Thematically, the film hits the nail on its head and explores it further as the situation of an unmarried woman in Iran is particularly delicate and monitored. Aesthetically, the film is quite simple but well-made, with expressive sound design and clean cinematography by Amin Jafari. The performances are very effective, with co-director Maryam Moghadam playing the hard-working mother fighting against all sorts of injustice, and Alireza Sani Far playing the anguished man with his own demons to slay.

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