The Story of the Weeping Camel This much of The Story of the Weeping Camel is true: When a camel rejects her colt following a difficult birth, traditional Mongolian nomads really… The Story of the Weeping Camel This much of The Story of the Weeping Camel is true: When a camel rejects her colt following a difficult birth, traditional Mongolian nomads really… PG PT90M Documentary THINKFilm
Movie Review

The Story of the Weeping Camel

MPAA Rating: PG
The Story of the Weeping Camel | YES, THEY DO CRY So says a film that likes the humpty-humps
YES, THEY DO CRY So says a film that likes the humpty-humps
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Rated: PG; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: THINKFilm

This much of The Story of the Weeping Camel is true: When a camel rejects her colt following a difficult birth, traditional Mongolian nomads really do turn to a musical ritual that frequently causes the mother camel to ''weep'' in the course of bonding with her offspring -- the source of the tears a mystery, of course, to humans who don't speak Bactrian. The National Geographic imprimatur on this lilting documentary-style narrative by filmmakers Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni affirms the film's thoughtful attention to national geography and the barren grandeur of the Gobi Desert. But the vivid fictional specifics, and the simple loveliness of the artless performances by nonactor Mongolian nomads, attest to the filmmakers' abundant artistry.

Originally posted Jun 02, 2004 Published in issue #769 Jun 11, 2004 Order article reprints
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