Imagine a taut, shocking crime thriller involving murder & theft in which--rather than jewels, drugs or money--the loot is living, breathing Tibetan antelope who are suddenly massacred (along with one of their human protectors) in front of your eyes & then skinned for their pelts. MOUNTAIN PATROL: KEKEXILI starts out with exactly such a scene and then holds you in its cold, sad embrace for 90 minutes, as some of the world's most breathtaking (if sometimes bleak) scenery and a story of loss, sacrifice & more loss passes before your wide eyes. This one-of-a-kind movie is among the most beautiful I have seen, with a DVD transfer that does full justice to its widescreen visuals. Although we dont learn all that much about the characters, we know enough to share their concerns & to feel for them--even for some of the "villains." The "heroes," a group of volunteers more concerned with saving the antelope than with themselves or their loved ones, give new meaning to that overused appellation.
This is a gorgous movie and has all the elements of a great movie. It's an adventure/plot driven movie that might seem slow to some, but a good movie for those willing to sit down and enjoy it. It's not french like the description says.