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Documentary, Adventure, Western

In the summer of 2003, a group of shepherds took a herd of sheep one final time through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, in the extreme northwest of the United States. It was a journey of almost 300 kilometers through expansive green valleys, by fields of snow, and across hazardous, narrow ridges - a journey brimming with challenges. The aging shepherds do their very best to keep the hundreds of sheep together; the panoramic high mountains are teeming with hungry wolves and grizzly bears.

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The critical consensus

Dedicated to some of the highest ideals of film.

****(*)Antonia Quirke, Financial Times, 20/04/2011

Considered, Visually stunning and totally poignant.

Dominic Radcliffe, Little White Lies, 21/04/2011

The images, including sheep on the move up near vertical hills, are remarkable, the landscape spectacular, the unsentimental account of back-breaking, backside-aching work impressive...I could have done with more facts and interpretation of what we were seeing on the screen.

Philip French, The Observer, 24/04/2011

With its slow tracking shots, complete disregard for edited narrative and endless baaing and whistling, it’ll either bore you to tears or hypnotise you with its weird Herzogian beauty.

****(*)Total Film, 28/04/2011

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Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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