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Winter Nomads

Winter Nomads (2013)

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Pascal, 53, and Carole, 28, are shepherds. In the month of November 2010, they embark on their long winter transhumance: four months during which they will have to cover 600 km in the Swiss-French region, accompanied by three donkeys, four dogs and a eight hundred sheep. An exceptional adventure is about to begin: they brave the cold and the bad weather day in day out, with a canvas cover and animal skins as their only shelter at night. This saga reveals a tough and exacting profession requiring

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What little we learn of Pascal, who has worked in Switzerland as a shepherd for more than 30 years, and Carole, who is a former dietitian, fits in a scene or two, but their practical journey yields a certain contemplative equanimity.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An exhilarating vérité work by first-timer Manuel von Stürler, the documentary follows this seasonal migration, or transhumance, with a sense of quiet awe and intimacy, capturing the feel of cold rain, deep snow and the comforting heat of a campfire.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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What von Stürler's documentary lacks in human beings it more than makes up for in snow-covered sheep.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Riveting and transfixing. Most likely the closest you'll ever come to meeting a shepherd and grasping what it's like to be one.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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