Pierre, 30-something, is a dairy farmer. His life revolves around his farm, his veterinarian sister and his parents, whose farm he has taken over. When one of his beloved cows falls ill, he is faced with his worse nightmare. Fearing the illness stems from an horrific epidemic striking France, Pierre is prepared to do whatever it takes to protect his cows and his livelihood, as both the situation and his mental state begin to deteriorate.
Director Hubert Charuel grew up as a farmer’s son, and incorporates this firsthand knowledge beautifully to give the context of his debut film a notable authenticity. An unusual subject choice for a thriller, Bloody Milk demonstrates a narrative simplicity which creates a chilling tension, skilfully maintained until its final moments.
Swann Arlaud gives a very strong performance as the panic stricken and emotionally fragile Pierre, as the character makes increasingly desperate attempts to keep the illness from the authorities. This is a gripping drama which breaks traditional conventions and will keep the viewers glued to the edge of their seat.