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Monday, April 03, 2006

The Story of the Weeping Camel 

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The Story of the Weeping Camel was a documentary that moved at a painfully slow pace.

Simple summary: It's about a Mongolian family in the Gobi desert with a herd of double hump-backed camels. All the pregnant camels have given birth to colts, except one. After a couple of days, she finally gave birth to a white colt. However, since it was her first pregnancy, the birth labor was difficult for her, prolonging the whole experience.

The difficult birth had a profound impact on the mother camel that she refused to bond with her baby. She even refused her colt access to milk. She simply did not want anything to do with the baby.

The family decides to call in a violinist for a ritual. The violinist arrives and plays a serenade, while a woman from the family sings to the mother camel. (One complaint I have about a sub-titled movie is that the caption doesn't appear for songs. However, the woman's voice is nerve-calming.) I guess the woman's voice must have been really soothing or whatever. Then, you see the camel shedding tears and finally allowed her baby to get milk from her.

Now, I usually don't mind slow-paced movies but this one was very slow. Heck, even a snail would get bored with this movie.