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The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005)

Die Höhle des gelben Hundes (original title)
The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the Mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. A story about a Mongolian family of nomads - their ... See full summary »

Director:

Byambasuren Davaa

Writers:

Abel Cantou (english adaptation: original version with subtitles), Byambasuren Davaa | 2 more credits »
9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Batchuluun Urjindorj Batchuluun Urjindorj ... Father
Buyandulam Daramdadi Buyandulam Daramdadi ... Mother
Nansal Batchuluun Nansal Batchuluun ... Oldest daughter
Nansalmaa Batchuluun Nansalmaa Batchuluun ... Youngest daughter
Batbayar Batchuluun Batbayar Batchuluun ... Son (as Babbayar Batchuluun)
Tserenpuntsag Ish Tserenpuntsag Ish ... Older woman
Scharav Sumiya Scharav Sumiya ... First hunter
Battur Lhamsuren Battur Lhamsuren ... Second hunter
Batjargal Ulzidelger Batjargal Ulzidelger ... Driver
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Storyline

The little nomad girl Nansal finds a baby dog in the Mongolian veld, who becomes her best friend - against all rejections of her parents. 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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Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany | Mongolia

Language:

Mongolian

Release Date:

28 July 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cave of the Yellow Dog See more »

Filming Locations:

Mongolia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,229, 12 November 2006

Gross USA:

$141,803

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,447,214
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 114668. 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 balances 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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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #3.33 (2006) See more »

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wonderful
28 July 2006 | by loig7See 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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