Tulpan is a film that treats all its characters with understanding. It's a world that seems to struggle between the modern and the traditional, the pastoral and the urban. While "the city" is never seen in the film, it's an ever present concept and topic of discussion.
I can't help but wish the film was named Asa instead of Tulpan, but Tulpan represents something Asa is searching for--even more than himself. He has a dream and because he is young and male he is certain that eventually it will come true just as he imagined it, just because he wants it.
There is a fair amount of hardship and stress for all the characters, but the overall feeling of the film is lighter than the circumstances to endure.
I am also fairly sure I will likely never see another film with a bandaged camel on a veterinarian's motorcycle's side car being chased by its angry mother.