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

 -  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 ...
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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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mongolian | nomad | dog | girl | puppy | See more »

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28 July 2005 (Germany)  »

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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 »

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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An Underlying Sadness
7 July 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Critics seem to have missed an important underlying message of the film: the life of the nomads is incompatible with the modern world and it is inescapable for this particular family, no matter how much they may want to move on. From the moment the returned child builds up the heap of dried dung to resemble flats we know she longs for the town. The parents talk of moving there when their daughter returns to school, but the father cannot earn enough to support them. His herdsmen friends talk of the number of people already gone. There is a lot of symbolism here, of which the melted scoop is only one, as well as spoken hints of a fate that traps people within it. As the older sibling tells the baby, 'You can't play with God.' (or, apparently, alter fate)The basket becomes a prison - literally, when the girl places it over the dog at one point - and the world of the steppes is dangerous, full of wolves, vultures and even storms. For all it's picturesque scenery and domestic charm, this is a redundant life, for which any political change will come too late; only the children will have a chance to leave - the symbolic yellow dog(s) of the wise woman's story, which the parents will need to sacrifice.


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