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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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German censorship visa # 102087 delivered on 11-4-2005). See more »

Quotes

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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Good foreign language cinema suitable for children
30 October 2006 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Following The Story of the Weeping Camel, this is another instalment or chapter documenting a nomadic culture gradually disappearing in Mongolia. By telling the story from a child's perspective, it is very observational, and captures little details that may seem passé to those within the culture, but fascinating to others.

The cinematography and music are both quietly beautiful, creating a nice atmosphere. There is much warmth in the depiction of family life. The film skilfully avoids sentimentality. Like the just-released Offside, the characters are all non-professionals, adding authenticity.

For what it's worth, my five year old son loved it and gave it 10/10 stars.


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