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The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005)
"Die Höhle des gelben Hundes" (original title)

G  |   |  Drama  |  28 July 2005 (Germany)
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The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. Only as the little dog, Zocher, saves the life of ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Batchuluun Urjindorj ...
Father
Buyandulam Daramdadi ...
Mother
Nansal Batchuluun ...
Oldest daughter
Nansalmaa Batchuluun ...
Youngest daughter
Babbayar Batchuluun ...
Son
Tserenpuntsag Ish ...
Older woman
Scharav Sumiya ...
First hunter
Battur Lhamsuren ...
Second hunter
Batjargal Ulzidelger ...
Driver
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The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. Only as the little dog, Zocher, saves the life of the youngest son, father and mother finally see his good soul. A story about a mongolian family of nomads - their traditional way of life and the rising call of the City. Written by Carmen Oberhofer

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Budget:

€600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,229 (USA) (10 November 2006)

Gross:

$141,803 (USA) (6 April 2007)
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Award: Palme dog 2005 (best dog-actor of the year: Zachor). See more »

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Oldest daughter: Will I be reborn as a person in my next life?
Old Woman: Come here, I'll show you something.
[dropping a palm-full of rice grains onto an upward needle]
Old Woman: [handing the needle to the girl] Tell me when a grain of rice balance on the tip of the needle.
Oldest daughter: [dropping rice onto the needle for a while]
Old Woman: [chuckles]
Oldest daughter: That's impossible!
Old Woman: See, my child? That's how hard it is to be born again as a person. That's why a human life is so valuable.
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wonderful
28 July 2006 | by (OL MUFC Eire) – See all my reviews

Quite simply, "The Cave Of The Yellow Dog" is a wonderful film: it is heart-warming, life-affirming. It is simple, touching, unpretentious, with a documentary quality to it (how do people live there); it came as no surprise to see on the closing credits that this is a genuine family. Very probably non-professional actors (how could the small children act?). I saw it twice in two days and on second viewing, one can appreciate its subtle construction, how small details pave the way for slight plot twists: more going on under the surface than it originally looks like. For instance the reason behind the father's reluctance; the mixing of dogs and wolves; the people's economic conditions; the (potentially dangerous) presence of vultures in the background, and so on, all of which get to play a part at some later stage. Just go and see it, this film is an utter breath of fresh air. Beautiful ethnic music as well.


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