The Story of the Weeping Camel (2004)
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|Rating:||PG (for mild thematic content)|
|Genre:||Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest|
|Directed By:||Luigi Farloni, Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni|
|Written By:||Luigi Farloni, Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni|
|In Theaters:||Jun 4, 2004 Limited|
|On DVD:||Jan 25, 2005|
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Critic Reviews for The Story of the Weeping Camel
Chances are, if you're susceptible to this movie's gentle charms, you'll weep when the camel does.
The characters are charming, the colours of the carpets in their yurts colourful and the emphasis on family inescapable.
This quirky docudrama speaks a more universal language: Who does not feel for a child abandoned by his mother?
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.
This was really good.
[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]
[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]
[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]
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