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The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Die Hohle des gelben Hundes) (2005)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 6

A sparse, hauntingly beautiful journey across continents and cultures.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 3

A sparse, hauntingly beautiful journey across continents and cultures.



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The Story of the Weeping Camel director Byambasuren Davaa returns to the helm to further explore the bond between man and beast with this tale of a young Mongolian girl who rescues a stray dog, and the subsequent relationship that develops between the homeless canine and the girl's disapproving father. Six-year-old Nansal was in the field collecting dung patties for fuel when she first came across the aimless yellow mutt she took to calling Zochor ("Spot"). Though the amiable mongrel and the

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The movie is very beautiful and also very slow, mostly due to the relatively primitive setting.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This is no heart-tugging family drama; rather it's a contemplative, compassionate portrait of a hardy people. Offered as a borderline documentary, it proceeds in long, uncluttered takes.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A quiet gem, suitable for all ages.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This unassuming drama of a nomad family brims with small marvels.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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... a movie without commercial pizzazz but with plenty of art-film treasures.

December 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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... despite the exotic locale and the photogenic moppets, that's not enough for a satisfying movie.

December 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Unique, mild glimpse into nomadic Mongolian kids' lives.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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a mournful elegy for the passing of an entire culture.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source:

How wonderful it is to encounter a film like this, with its sweet simplicities and its quiet observations.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source:

Damn me for an unreliable cynic, but The Cave of the Yellow Dog is a remarkable movie: touching, honest, and unassuming, without a hint of irony or false motive.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Add in a wisecracking sidekick with a Brooklyn accent, and the Mongolian drama "Cave of the Yellow Dog" could be remade as a Disney cartoon.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Here, it's 'progress' the family rebels against. There's a sense their existence, which is unencumbered by PlayStations or balsamic vinegar, is endangered. That idea, like everything else in this low-key charmer, is expressed in simple terms.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Cave of the Yellow Dog is a gentle film, leisurely of pace and nicely shot. To me, it seems more like a National Geographic special than the sort of thing I look for in cinema.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

At the same time, [director Byambasuren] Davaa also concentrates blissfully on those fleeting moments of life that most movies excise in favor of forwarding the plot. This gentle, observant storytelling is perfectly appropriate for kids.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It must also be noted that each of the Batchuluun children are extraordinary and that Nansal Batchuluun (both her real and her character's name) is among the most captivating creatures captured on film -- ever.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A truly touching tale which patiently paints a simple tableau while ever so subtly highlighting an endangered lifestyle deserving of protection from the onslaught of Western civilization.

December 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

It exudes a sweetness and easygoing charm that make it hard to resist despite its lackadaisical quality.

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Thanks to some ace photography, the beautiful Mongolian wilderness also has a strong presence.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A simple film, yes, but a wonderful one, nonetheless. But then, I am a sucker for any film with little girls and dogs.

December 12, 2006 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Mongolia is no longer habituated by Genghis Khan and his Mongol horde. Instead we are treated to three of the cutest kids you'll ever see on screen.

December 12, 2006 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Yellow Dog is engaging, if familiar, viewing.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Die Hohle des gelben Hundes)

Truly endearing, that's all I need to say.
July 21, 2012

Super Reviewer

Yes, this certainly is one beautifully done flilm. Yes, those children were unbelievably adorable. And yes, the scenery is magnificant. But...I almost fell asleep a few times. It is very. very slow moving and uneventful. The family seems so perfect, so free and untroubled in their Central Asian Eden that they seem like bit players in a propaganda piece with very little message. All of which is not to say it's a lousy movie. Just don't expect much grit or drama.
November 24, 2010

Super Reviewer

One summer in the life of a young Mongolian girl and her family. Director Byambasuren Davaa effectively accentuates the drama of daily routine, giving the entire film a National Geographic aura.
March 29, 2010
Randy Tippy

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To enjoy this movie, you would have had to live outside the US for a period of time, most Americans couln't grasp it. A Foregin Film, all unknown actors, Children might enjoy it.
March 8, 2008
Bruce Bruce

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