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  • Summary: Carole and Pascal embark on their winter transhumance with three donkeys, four dogs and eight hundred sheep, braving the cold and the snow, with a canvas cover and animal skins as their only shelter at night. This saga reveals a tough and exacting profession requiring constant improvisation and unflinching attention to nature, the animals and the cosmos. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 26, 2013
    90
    An exhilarating vérité work by first-timer Manuel von Stürler, the documentary follows this seasonal migration, or transhumance, with a sense of quiet awe and intimacy, capturing the feel of cold rain, deep snow and the comforting heat of a campfire.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 24, 2013
    80
    Von Stürler offers raw footage of the four-month trek itself, which is often mesmerizing in its austere beauty; there's no narration, intertitles, or any other authorial hand-holding to trump up the message the images already convey on their own.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Sep 24, 2013
    80
    Von Stuerler’s debut showcases nature, but its real theme is its subjects’ engagement with their work.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Sep 24, 2013
    70
    An unassuming and suitably gentle-paced charmer.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    What little we learn of Pascal, who has worked in Switzerland as a shepherd for more than 30 years, and Carole, who is a former dietitian, fits in a scene or two, but their practical journey yields a certain contemplative equanimity.