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This ravishingly beautiful, exquisitely strange film opens with the story of two cows who have run away from their owners and refuse to rejoin the pack. “They keep growing wilder.” Director John Skoog’s debut then drops us into his hometown, a rural Swedish community called Kvidinge. Working with local residents, Skoog stages a series of enchanting vignettes that draw from local lore, his camera drifting through the magical world they co-create. A sense of mystery permeates the frame, the sense that we are experiencing a language that’s only truly understood by the inhabitants of this place. This is a film to sink into, knowing there’s a gasp around every bend. – True/False