5000 years ago, in India, men started to capture and tame elephants for war, parades and worship. Still today, the young Makbul grows up in daily contact with the wild and domesticated ...
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5000 years ago, in India, men started to capture and tame elephants for war, parades and worship. Still today, the young Makbul grows up in daily contact with the wild and domesticated elephants that live in the forest around his native village in southern India. Over the objections of his mother, Makbul follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, going deep into the forest to learn the age-old profession of the mahout, or elephant handler in the government's employ. When an elephant calf named Vikrama is born, the animal is placed under Makbul's care. The boy raises and trains the elephant, but when his father dies, Makbul now head of the family but too young to be hired by the forest department, must seek work in the neighboring villages, away from the elephants. The bond between Makbul and the life of his forebears is too strong, and as he passes into adulthood, his destiny of becoming a mahout is fulfilled. But times have changed, the forest operations have come to an ... Written by
Philippe Gautier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This film renewed in me the longing to go to India. The characters, who, I understand, were not actors, emitted a tranquillity and a connection to their world, that we in North America are dying for. Also, the photography was absolutely splendid. Frame after frame was glorious to behold. The touching of the baby, of the elephant, of the pale walls of the house, was utterly sensuous. It brought home what it must be like to live in that place, to be so much in contact with one's environment. And the music....oh it was superb and it fitted perfectly. Maybe I sound a bit over the top, but I thoroughly appreciated this movie.
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