Spoilers always sing off key.
Almost every year, Fantasia has one movie with the longest title ever. Yes, this is what attracted me to this film first, but after reading the premise I was hooked line and sinker. This one does have a few things that went over my head, but I still felt a sense of ghost story, moral dilemma, warning against pollution and generational breach.
THE COW WHO SANG A SONG INTO THE FUTURE (2022) is directed by Francisca Alegría who also co-wrote it with Manuela Infante and Fernanda Urrejola. Amidst an environmental disaster that is killing the fish from the river, long deceased Magdalena (Mía Maestro) emerges from the waters having not aged a day. Her reappearance will cause a stir to her now old husband Enrique (Alfredo Castro) and specially to her daughter Cecilia (Leonor Varela) and her children.
I really like this one, but I must admit there’s a few things that I’m still processing. The less said the better, but there’s a lot of family secrets to learn before we know the circumstances of Magdalena’s life and death. In the meantime, she appears to for a special bond with Cecilia’s kids specially Tomas (Enzo Ferrada) who is on an identity journey.
Recommended for audiences looking for something different. There’s never a moment in which the film stops and explains everything, but rather leaves most things open-ended for your interpretation. Worth a watch if you don’t mind stepping away the well-traveled path.
That will do for now.