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  • Summary: Set amid the cast expanse of South Mongolia's Gobi Desert, this film follows the adventures of a family of camel herders who face a crisis when one mother camel rejects her newborn, following a particularly difficult delivery. Invoking an ancient ritual, the family sends two of its young boys to the capital city to enlist the aid of a musician whom they believe will coax the mother camel into nursing her baby. (ThinkFilm) Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
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  1. Blurring all the lines between fiction and documentary, this gentle and amusing movie blends real, unrehearsed material with delightful storytelling scenes.
  2. Please see this movie, and take any kids old enough to read subtitles. It's one of a kind.
  3. 90
    Beyond its rare visions of remote vistas, Camel's great charm lies in its seeming simplicity. The camera records the events of the day -- from a little girl's tears to an afternoon sandstorm -- with a childlike clarity and curiosity.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    The film spins a beguiling web of detail that builds to a surprisingly throat-clutching finish.
  5. 75
    Serves as a beautiful and delicate reminder of the myriad ways in which life is lived on this huge planet of ours.
  6. Plays like a sophisticated children's story.
  7. 60
    The project was produced in association with National Geographic World Films, a relationship borne out by the movie's cultural detail, rich earth-toned cinematography (by Falorni), and almost complete lack of dramatic tension.

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
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