She has everything her heart desires. She's popular, loves shopping, comes from a loving family. She plays volleyball and afterwards has a smoke with girlfriends. Sports club, barbecue, hairdresser: her life is perfect. There’s only one thing that makes her stand out: she is a cow. A real, black-and-white cow in the human world. No one in the film thinks it’s strange. But, as she describes in a voiceover, she feels an existential void. And so she moves into the desert, her loneliness emphasised by the widescreen format, in order to withstand such temptations as TV and consumer goods and to pose serious questions about the meaning of life to herself (and us).
This absurdist-spiritual feature debut by Brazilian director Tião then only gets weirder, with headless men, an intermezzo about a naked shipwrecked man, a stop-motion robot, the monolith from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and a crucial role for a handbook of technical standards.


International title
Political Animal
Filmmaker
Tião
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Brazil
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
76’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Leonardo Lacca
Production Company
Trincheira Filmes
Sales
Trincheira Filmes
Writer
Tião
Cinematography
Marcelo Lordello, Gustavo Jahn
Editor
Leonardo Lacca
Production Design
Gustavo Jahn, Melissa Dullius
Sound Design
Tião
Music
Jon Wygens
Cast
Rodrigo Bolzan, Elisa Heidrich