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The Story of the Weeping Camel

The Story of the Weeping Camel (2004)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 1

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

Jan 25, 2005


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All Critics (108) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (96) | Rotten (6) | DVD (12)

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

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The characters are charming, the colours of the carpets in their yurts colourful and the emphasis on family inescapable.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A simple and radiant piece of humanism.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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While it isn't always easy to get used to the slower natural rhythms this film celebrates, its cumulative effect is undeniable.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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A film of simple rigor and heartfelt emotion.

July 16, 2004
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The most sincere and heartfelt camel movie in years, maybe ever.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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a charmer

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Exudes a subtle spiritual power.

November 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
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.

June 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Beautiful and compassionate tale of nomadic peoples that ranks with the best of Robert Flaherty's documentaries.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source:

Simple yet charming.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not a lot happens, but it's different and watchable (in a 'day in the life of a nomad... next on the Discovery Channel' sort of way).

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source:

As the film unspools at its slow, observational pace, the effect is almost therapeutic, like sinking into a warm bath.

February 7, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

As unique as the title animal: unrushed as a donkey, shaggy as a llama, sturdy as a horse — and, it turns out, with a sensitive soft spot for music. Who'd'a thunk?

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

From an animal lover's point of view.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source:

Mystical documentary; one of the year's 10 best

January 5, 2005

It's an awe-inspiring vacation that sends us back to our homes with a better sense of the world's mysteries and magnificence.

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Maravilhosamente fotografado, este documentário de formato atípico emociona graças à vida simples de seus protagonistas e ao drama de um pequeno camelo branco. Surpreendente.

December 7, 2004
Cinema em Cena

a quiet, generally absorbing tale that immerses its viewers in a community of camel herders and goat farmers that still puts great stock in ancient legends and rituals.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Like Flaherty's work, the film traverses a narrow line between dramatic staging and the observation of real life in a way that...reveals a unique cultural identity.

December 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmjourney

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November 14, 2004 Full Review

A beautiful little film that hovers somewhere between eye-popping documentary and warm-hearted fable.

October 15, 2004
Fresno Bee

It's hard to find anything negative to say about such a sweet picture without feeling like a horse's ***.

September 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film's success rests largely on the shoulders of this engaging clan who, unlike most reality television stars, pays no attention to the cameras.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

The film works reasonably well as a travelogue, an interesting glimpse into a culture few outsiders have seen.

August 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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.
March 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"The Story of the Weeping Camel" is a documentary about an extended family living in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The last of the camels has finally given birth but the mother rejects the colt. The humans are desperate to try to get the mother camel to accept her child.[/font]
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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]
September 22, 2005
Walter M.

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The world was raising. Thunderous canyons shot from below to meet my footsteps. Forests rose and died behind my back. Birds evolved and turned to dust before me. The sky was fire and shadow, and it covered the sun like a closing fist. My hair was a wild brown spirit dancing in the tempest. My consciousness tore apart into a thousand different pieces, each shot itself like a rocketship to a thousand stars. The moon crashed into the earth. Humanity begged to be. Civilization threw its hands up. Existence screamed.

My body is an auditorium. Memory is music fading, acoustics wearing.

Starlight is taxed. Clouds rule the universe. The bridges I walk end before they begin. All the islands and planets are sinking. An air just above me is a melancholy fragrance, and yellowness stains reality. The madness of my flesh is annihilated. I am just a tangle of wires choking a soul, stranded in a breath and under the dead mountains. The edge is deep. I let go, and fall back into a flock of glimmering crystal angels. I dream that they are building me beautiful white wings.
February 22, 2005
Neum Daddy

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  • The Story of the Weeping Camel (Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel) (CA)
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