The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. Only as the little dog, Zocher, saves the life of ... See full summary »
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. Only as the little dog, Zocher, saves the life of the youngest son, father and mother finally see his good soul. A story about a mongolian family of nomads - their traditional way of life and the rising call of the City. Written by
Award: Palme dog 2005 (best dog-actor of the year: Zachor). See more »
Will I be reborn as a person in my next life?
Come here, I'll show you something.
[dropping a palm-full of rice grains onto an upward needle]
[handing the needle to the girl]
Tell me when a grain of rice balance on the tip of the needle.
[dropping rice onto the needle for a while]
See, my child? That's how hard it is to be born again as a person. That's why a human life is so valuable.
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Good foreign language cinema suitable for children
Following The Story of the Weeping Camel, this is another instalment or chapter documenting a nomadic culture gradually disappearing in Mongolia. By telling the story from a child's perspective, it is very observational, and captures little details that may seem passé to those within the culture, but fascinating to others.
The cinematography and music are both quietly beautiful, creating a nice atmosphere. There is much warmth in the depiction of family life. The film skilfully avoids sentimentality. Like the just-released Offside, the characters are all non-professionals, adding authenticity.
For what it's worth, my five year old son loved it and gave it 10/10 stars.
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