Bloody Milk

Contemporary World Cinema | 2017 | 90 minutes

SIFF Says:

Reserved 35-year-old Pierre Chavanges (Swann Arlaud, THE ANARCHISTS) seems to single-handedly run his family’s dairy farm. Preferring to do the work manually, his milk is ranked #1 in terms of quality, much better than the high-production, machine-using farms in his region. And though his parents are constantly trying to set him up with a comely local baker, Pierre is content to have his work be his life. When one of his cows falls ill, he turns to his veterinarian sister Pascale (Sara Giraudeau) and tells her he’s certain it’s a contagious and incurable bovine disease that is sweeping through Europe. Pointing to her own expertise and his overreliance on conspiracy theory-driven YouTube channels, she tells him not to worry. But as Pierre’s paranoia increases to the point of desperation, he turns to violent means to stave off the alleged epidemic and protect his herd. But a missing cow in this society doesn’t go unnoticed, and as the noose tightens around him, Pierre goes to extreme lengths to cover up his tracks. With his directorial debut, Hubert Charuel has created a psychological thriller unique in its vision of northeast France and in its documentary-like details. (The film is shot at his parents’ dairy farm.) This is a rural noir that’ll get under your skin.

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Film Credits
Hubert Charuel
Swann Arlaud, Sara Giraudeau, Isabelle Candelier, Bouli Lanners
SIFF 2018