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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  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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  1. BrendaD.
    Dec 4, 2005
    10
    Amazing.
  2. JudyG.
    May 27, 2006
    10
    A wonderfully film, inviting me to share in the simplicity of their life. The story was heart rending, very human, and so interesting to discover so much about another culture in so little time. I felt their faith in what they believe, shine through. The music was captivating.... I still search to buy it! Expand
  3. UtkuI.
    Dec 25, 2005
    10
    Absolutely perfect.
  4. Jim&DonnaB.
    Jan 8, 2006
    10
    Beautiful, amazingly simple story documenting 4 generations of herdsmen under 1 roof captured our concentration. Very engaging. Thank you for the effort to bring us this legend. Expand
  5. ThanhS.
    Jan 30, 2006
    10
    We need more beautiful films like this one, among this bleak world!
  6. RandyR.
    Mar 1, 2006
    9
    This is a very touching and pure movie about real life and real beliefs that I cant stop watching. I have seen this 3 times and am trying desperately to find a cd with the natural folk music involved in the movie, which I thought pulled more emotion from me than any thing in the movie. It was moving as well as heart wrenching. Expand
  7. PatC.
    Apr 16, 2007
    9
    The Mongolian herders are as oblivious to the camera as their camels. Part documentary, part simple story, ancient traditions meld with the modern world within a refreshingly nonconfrontational premise. I would assume some of the scenes were genuine and others were staged, but I couldn't tell them apart. This is as authentic and unpretentious a slice of life as one is likely to find captured on film. Expand

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