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


Critic Consensus: 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 girl form an immediate bond, trouble arises when her father insists that it will lead the wolves to the family's sheep, and she must get rid of it immediately. In the weeks that follow Nansal does her best to keep her four-legged friend a secret from her dad, but when winter draws near and the family prepares to migrate to another camp, Zochor is eventually tied to a post by Nansal's father and left behind. Despite the father's insistence that the beast will only bring problems for the family, he is soon compelled to reconsider his stance on the matter when Zochor proves his worth by protecting the youngest member of the family from a flock of hungry vultures.

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

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (20)

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

Jan 25, 2007 | Rating: B-

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.

Dec 15, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A quiet gem, suitable for all ages.

Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This unassuming drama of a nomad family brims with small marvels.

Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

... a movie without commercial pizzazz but with plenty of art-film treasures.

Dec 7, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4

... despite the exotic locale and the photogenic moppets, that's not enough for a satisfying movie.

Dec 7, 2006 | Full Review…

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


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

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

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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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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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.

Randy Tippy
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.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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