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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving, December 23, 2005
This review is from: The Story of the Weeping Camel (DVD)
Other reviewers have done a superb job so I will not add a lengthy description. Briefly, a family of Mongolian nomads in the Gobi desert raise sheep and camels (the Asian two humped kind). When the mother of one colt has a very difficult birth, she rejects her beautiful white colt and refuses to suckle him. Although the family manages to give the colt basic sustinence by milking the mother and, in one instance, literally tying the mother in place and forcing her to suckle her colt, they are concerned that the colt will ultimately not survive. Therefore, they send their two young sons off to a distant village to find an expert musician, hoping that a musical ritual will reach the mother and get her to accept the colt.

What is so moving is that the camels seem to have deep emotions. There are several poignant secnes including one in which the colt literally cries after his mother. There is another heart rending scene of a mother cuddling with her colt and then the camera pans to the white colt sitting off by himself. When there is a sandstorm, we see several camels huddled together for protection but the colt is a distance away, fending for himself.The family tries to bring the colt and mother together and then bring the colt under his mother to nurse but the mother keeps turning away and nudging the colt off with her leg. Finally they leave the two alone and the mother goes off with the colt trying to follow.

By the way, there is an interesting substory in that the boys see modern conveniences in the village including televisions and computers. Of course, the younger one wants these. The title of the movie is apt since you can feel the emotions and empathize with the camels. I highly recommend this film.
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