Patience is needed, but what you will be rewarded with is a thought-provoking film, that paints its meaning with stunning imagery and a deep family story-line.
BY ELLIOT LINES MARCH 25, 2023
The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future is certainly one of the most thought-provoking films in recent memory. This mysterious and strange story lends it's hand to family troubles while warning of the environmental affects our choices have.
When Magdalena (Mia Maestro) rises from the river she supposedly commit suicide in years prior, she visits each of her family members, making them question whether she is real or a figment of their imagination. The families now large dairy farm begins to crumble during the arrival of Magdalena, but due to the pollution that is consuming their local community. With the fall of their business and the retuning family member, big strain is put on the family relationships.
With the underlying meaning pointing towards the environmental affects we are putting on the planet, Magdalena could be seen as a representation of mother nature. The fractions between her and the family, and her love for the animals and nature, represent the relationship we have built with the Earth over the years, citing the need for change. The decline of the farm since her arrival is clear for all to see, but she is not the cause, and it feels as though she is the messenger (even though she doesn't speak), emphasising this families past and current way of living.
The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future is a slow burn, but a wild swing from Chilean director Francisca Alegria. Patience is needed, but what you will be rewarded with is a thought-provoking film, that paints its meaning with stunning imagery and a deep story-line.