ONE MAN AND HIS COW (La vache in the original French) is very nearly above (or maybe below) criticism. It means to bring us all together by any means possible -- and it's damned well gonna do it! In any case, La Vache is part of FIAF's continuing CinéSalon series -- Comedy on Film:What Makes the French Laugh? -- during this January and February. Evidently the film was a big hit in France, and it's not difficult to understand why.
Mohamed Hamidi (shown at right), the movie is a veritable check-list of hot-button topics -- from immigration and employment through class differences and the uses of (and by) the media. Further it stars two very popular French icons that very nicely represent both class stations and tradition vs immigration: Lambert Wilson (below, center) and Jamel Debbouze (below, left).
Fatsah Bouyahmed (above, right, and below, who also co-wrote the movie), is a perfect match for his role as Fatah, the kindly, loving, perhaps-not-too-bright Algerian man whose dream it has long been to display his prize cow, Jacqueline, at the famous International Agriculture Fair in Paris. When he finally gets an invitation to compete, he and his cow take a boat to Marseilles and then walk cross-country to the fair.
here. (So far as I know, there are no plans to distribute the film theatrically here in the U.S., so this may be your only chance to see it.)