3.5 out of 5
Karl Urban started his career by playing Cupid in Hercules: Legendary Journey and Xena: Warrior Princess. He went so far from where he started. He was Eowen in Lord of The Ring, Judge Dredd in Dredd, Bones in Star Trek, and so many others.
But perhaps not many people have seen this little independent film he did 13 years ago. This strangely funny New Zealand indie is about a milk farmer named Rob and his grilfriend, Lucinda. They live in the middle of nowhere with no other people and only accompanied by 117 mooing cows. One night Rob proposes, which Lucinda accepts. But she soon worries that this new status will cause their relationship to become bland and boring. So, on the advice of her best mate, Drosophila, Lucinda is starting all kinds of shenanigans to see whether Rob’s love is true or not.
On one side the story is quite simple and almost Hollywood: girlfriend is testing how much her boyfriend loves her by doing mad things. But this simple plot is cultivated nicely into a whimsical, almost folkloric tale. There are several scenes that appear to be ever so simple, but yet almost surreal. Some of the characters even appear almost unrealistic, such as The Auntie and The Quilt-Snatching Gang. The beauty of the film is that the viewer can never distinguish fact from fiction which makes this film so enjoyable to watch. Fairy tales do happen in real life.