Pierre, thirty-something, is a dairy farmer. His life revolves around his farm, his veterinarian sister, and his parents, whose farm he has taken over. Just as the first indications of an epidemic are announced in France, Pierre discovers that one of his cows is infected. He refuses to accept the idea of losing his cows. They are all he has, and he will fight to the bitter end to save them.
“Skilfully taking us through a simple story (which he wrote with Claude Le Pape and is to some extent reminiscent, albeit from a completely different angle, of Rams by Grimur Hákonarson), Hubert Charuel makes the most of the outstanding performance by Swann Arlaud and the secondary characters who are all made to be very real (the intrusive mother, the local baker on the quest for a husband, friends in the surrounding area) to bring us a gentle film exploring a social issue which is well and truly dramatic but not excessively dramatised. A film which is above all the delicate portrayal of the solitude of a man dedicated heart and soul to his land and his animals.” — Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa