The Story of the Weeping Camel is an enchanting film that follows the adventures of a family of herders in Mongolia’s Gobi region who face a crisis when the mother camel unexpectedly rejects her newborn calf after a particularly difficult birth.
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A Mongolian shepherd's family uses an ancient rite to make a female camel stop rejecting her colt - but it may be the last time this happens because the acquisition of a TV set announces civilization. A marginally fictionized documentary on a disappearing community that eventually becomes a believable, occasionally moving modern fairytale.
We feel sad when modernity inflitrates the lifes of these people, while sitting in front of TVs and computers all day ourselves. Nice film about what has been lost: the things that are truly important, like whether a camel mare will accept her offspring or not. What I liked most is the seamless blend of documentary and fiction.
Beautiful wordless narration. I feel like Mongolia has such a rare place in film, it's awesome to see stories in this setting. And the ending, I don't even know how this is a documentary. How is this a real camel? WHAT IS LIFE? The art of ethnography.
When they talk about blending documentary with fiction, it usually leans on the side of the former. The common signs of fabulation are present on a formal level, and I would like to ask if this is trying to suggest that fables actualize themselves in ways that have nothing to do with fiction. And who expected to watch a camel give birth? In their lifetime? And in the context of watching a hit international movie?