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The Story of the Weeping Camel (2004)

The Story of the Weeping Camel



Critic Consensus: Delightful and strangely moving.

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A nomadic family in Mongolia's Gobi desert faces a problem when a white camel colt is born in a difficult delivery and the mother rejects it. Repeated efforts by the extended family to get the mother to nurse the colt fail. The colt stands alone and cries for its mother. The family worries that the colt will not survive. Finally, Dude (Enkhbulgan Ikhbayar), the older boy, is sent to a nearby town to find a musician who can perform a "Hoos" ceremony. Little Ugna (Uuganbaatar Ikhbayar) begs to go along. The two boys travel for miles across the desert, stopping at a neighbor's yert , where Ugna is delighted by his first encounter with television. They travel on to the village, and then return home with word that a musician is on the way. A musical ceremony is performed in an effort to get the mother camel to accept her colt. The Story of the Weeping Camel is a blend of documentary footage and narrative. Filmmakers Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa cast a real nomad family of herders and shot many of the events in the film as they occurred. The Story of the Weeping Camel was selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art for inclusion in the 2004 edition of New Directors/New Films. It also won the 2003 European Film Award for Best Documentary.more
Rating: PG (for mild thematic content)
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Luigi Farloni, Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni
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On DVD: Jan 25, 2005
Box Office: $1.3M
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Critic Reviews for The Story of the Weeping Camel

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (34)

Chances are, if you're susceptible to this movie's gentle charms, you'll weep when the camel does.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The characters are charming, the colours of the carpets in their yurts colourful and the emphasis on family inescapable.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

a charmer

Full Review… | May 14, 2012
Old School Reviews

Exudes a subtle spiritual power.

Full Review… | November 13, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

This quirky docudrama speaks a more universal language: Who does not feel for a child abandoned by his mother?

September 26, 2006
Christianity Today

Un relato extraordinario, revelador de la naturaleza humana (y animal), a medio camino entre el registro documental y el realismo poético.

Full Review… | June 13, 2006
Uruguay Total

Audience Reviews for The Story of the Weeping Camel

interesting documentary about a nomadic family of camel herders in Mongolia. And it's all about them -- no narration, no talking head "experts". Just a camera following these people around as they share meals, socialize and work. The title refers to a particiular camel who gives birth and then refuses to care for her colt. The colt's health begins to suffer, and the family takes an unusual step - bringing in a violinist to play while one of the women perform a kind of ritual with the camel in order to bring back the camel's maternal instinct. The piece the violinist plays is beautiful, and is just one of several similarly wonderful music interludes. A scene of a young mother singing what seems to be a lullaby to her toddler is magical and moving. A fascinating journey into unfamiliar territory.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

This was really good.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


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[font=Century Gothic]Simply put, "The Story of the Weeping Camel" is not that interesting. There is little insight into how the family lives and works except they do seem rather ordinary.(Maybe this is the point...) The greater emphasis is on the camel. (Getting the mother camel to accept the colt is important but it is not explained the repercussions if this does not happen.) And humans will always interest me more than animals. I did learn quite a bit about animal husbandry especially how it applies to the birthing and care of camels, though.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#000080]And I will be on vacation until Tuesday, October 4. I'll try and have some reviews for you when I return...[/color][/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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