Title character may get most of the flattering close-ups, but the two human leads are even more engaging in Tomi Streiff’s “The Wedding Cow.” At its frequent best, this sweetly whimsical German road movie comes off as a screwball comedy played at half-speed, filled with straight-talking average folks instead of quick-quipping free spirits. If a savvy U.S. distrib can figure out where to let this potential sleeper graze, pic might milk some respectable coin from arthouse regulars and venturesome mainstream ticketbuyers.
Smoothly directing from a script he co-wrote with Ela Thier, Streiff introduces Flora (Isabella Parkinson) as a small-town librarian who’s traveling to her new job in a far-off hamlet. Ingenuous to a fault, Flora is easily tricked out of her money by a slick con man and forced to hitchhike. Fortuitously, she gets a lift from Tim (Oliver Reinhard), a teddy-bearish plumber who’s driving his small truck back to his Black Forest home. Tim is supposed to get married in a few days — Hannah, the scene-stealing cow in the back of his vehicle, is a wedding present — but has second thoughts after a few picaresque adventures with Flora.