Khyi rgan (Old Dog) (2011)




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The Search writer/director Pema Tseden returns with this deliberate, seriocomic that of the tragedy that unfolds when a Tibetan man sells his cherished Nomad Mastiff following a series of dog thefts, prompting a bitter battle of wills with his headstrong father, who vows to buy the dog back at any cost. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating: NR
Genre: Documentary , Drama
Directed By: Pema Tseden
Written By: Pema Tseden
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Old Dog has the look and feel of a documentary, which adds senses of urgency and immediacy to a tale that moves at a languid, but never boring, pace.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Village Voice
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While the rigid framing and wispy plot create an unfortunate inertia, they also magnify the occasional whimsical moment ...

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
New York Times
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It's both a sly piece of ethnography and a social satire that reads like a cosmic joke...right up until its climax makes the chuckle catch in your throat.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013
Time Out
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Stunning mixture of understated social criticism and minimalism a la Kurismaki.

Full Review… | January 4, 2014

To the eye of the Occidental moviegoer, nothing much goes on. Underneath, however, roils a "cultural genocide" of generational, cultural, social and political upheaval.

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Minimalist in its aesthetics and soundtrack, quiet and deliberate in its plot, but nonetheless familiar--endearing and a vital addition to the small but growing Tibetan cinema

Full Review… | May 15, 2013
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Khyi rgan (Old Dog)

Explores generational differences represented by the father who resolutely adheres to his unwavering faithfulness to his family, his traditions, and his dog (who holds aspects of both tradition and family) and the son to whom everything is a commodity and to whom tradition and faithfulness have no real value. The conclusion caused consternation, puzzlement, and revulsion in the audience - primarily, I think, by being viewed through the filter of rather privileged and insulated urban American experience. Unfortunately, the image resolution is terrible. The movie looks as if it was shot using 20 year old security cameras.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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