I decided to watch this film as I am going to Mongolia in the summer and read other reviews saying how well it potrays the lives of ordinary Mongols. I must say as I sat down to watch I was filled with trepidation, expecting it to be extremely boring but what unravelled was in fact a beautifully made and suprisingly affecting film.
This is not a film with a fast pace - I actually felt impatient at one point at how slowly the characters were moving - which of course immediately led me back to thinking about the differences and similarities between our lives. There is instead a very simple, base but gripping storyline and if you are interested in remote places where people live very simple lives you will enjoy the many nuances and the beautiful photography.
You become emotionally attached to the baby camel and the family very quickly and it is a real delight to see their relationships build. At the end I felt totally uplifted and even my husband, who started off not remotely interested, was grinning like a cheshire cat.