The Story Of The Weeping Camel


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5. 

Original title:  Die Geschichte vom Weinenden Kamel

Germany, 2003.  , , , .  Screenplay by Byambasuren Davaa, , Luigi Falorni.  Cinematography by Luigi Falorni, .  Produced by .  Music by , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2003National Board of Review Awards 2004National Society of Film Critics Awards 2004.  Toronto International Film Festival 2003.  

Exquisite semi-documentary that will have you getting weepy over, of all things, a camel. A family in an isolated Mongolian village have cause for concern when one of their camels gives birth to a white colt and then immediately abandons it. They do their best to reconcile mother and child but to no avail, the poor infant is left to fend for himself. The sight of this lonely animal wandering the desert plains, crying for affection, is one of the most heartbreaking images ever captured on film. Eventually, the village decides to send for a musician who will perform a mystical Shaman ritual to heal the wound between these two and make them a family. This beautiful film, featuring non-professional actors in somewhat scripted circumstances, has much to say about the value of community support and familial love. Its deceptively simple narrative is compounded by fantastic cinematography and a genuine glow of affection from all the humans involved.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds like something I would like to see.


  2. Until the musician turned up I thought it should have been called “The Story of Weeping Boredom”, but then the end was really moving.

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