Monday, August 08, 2005

Movie Review: The Story of the Weeping Camel

The Story of the Weeping Camel is an absolutely delightful documentary about a family of camel herders in the Gobi Desert who face a crisis when the mother of a rare white baby camel rejects it after a very difficult birth. They call in a band of musicians who specialise in a magical ritual that is intended to reconnect mother and baby. The photography is beautiful and the story is a deeply moving one of separation and reconciliation. It was nominated for Best Documentary at this year's Academy Awards. My Rating: **** (out of 5) Best Review 'Blurring all the lines between fiction and documentary, this gentle and amusing movie blends real, unrehearsed material with delightful storytelling scenes.' - David Sterritt/Christian Science Monitor Worst Review 'Davaa and Falorni's film does suggest that camels have inner lives as rich and complicated as the human beings with whom they live in such intimate proximity. But they're also wholly camels, matted, goopy-eyed, gritty with sand and quick to knee an adorable calf in the snout when its demands become annoying.' - Maitland McDonagh/TV Guide Content Warning some mild thematic content Related Links

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