Distributor: Pathé International
A humble Algerian farmer named Fatah only has eyes for his cow Jacqueline and he dreams of taking her to the Agricultural Show in Paris. When he finally receives the precious invitation—to the amazement of the whole village— he leaves his land for the first time, takes a ferry to Marseille, and crosses the whole of France on foot, heading for the Porte de Versailles. Between encounters and surprises, Fatah and Jacqueline experience a human adventure made up of great moments of camaraderie and helpless laughter; an unexpected and very tender journey across today’s France.
FOCUS ON a Project Born From Life Experience
“I had wanted to make a road movie in France for a long time. It’s a country that I know fairly well because, from the age of 17, and for a number
of years, I crisscrossed it a great deal, notably by working as a supervisor in summer camps. And when the kids from troubled suburbs met country people, farmers or others, the encounters led to extraordinary moments that touched me a great deal. One day, an old friend Fatah told me about one of his uncles; a man passionate about agronomy and fertilizer, who regularly asked him for information about the Agricultural Show that he longed to attend. With La Vache, I have made a cocktail of all that. I think that subconsciously, I was marked by The Cow and I (La Vache et le prisonnier), which I saw ten times when I was younger and also by Little Miss Sunshine and A Straight Story, two road movies that I find absolutely fascinating.” -Mohamed Hamidi