Bloody Milk (Petit paysan)
Wednesday 8 September at 7.30pm
Hubert Charuel│France│2017│90 mins│M offensive language & content that may disturb
When a deadly virus threatens his herd, a dairy farmer goes to extreme lengths to protect his farm and to prevent his cows from being culled. A gripping, utterly moving drama.
“A lonely young dairy farmer obsessed with his work will stop at nothing to save his cows from the threat of an epidemic that could decimate them in Hubert Charuel’s gripping and personal first feature, Bloody Milk, a solemn take on rural life that intriguingly toys with thriller conventions… The director, born in a dairy farming environment in northeast France, clearly knows the milieu (the film was shot on his parents’ land), capturing the farmer’s exhausting routine with documentary precision. Nervous and a bit taciturn, Arlaud seems unusually comfortable in a milking parlour or cuddling with beasts that appear more and more monstrous as the probability of an epidemic increases.” – Pamela Pianezza, Variety