7.4/10
13,883
91 user 241 critic

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Trailer
2:08 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director:

Werner Herzog

Writer:

Werner Herzog
12 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov
Documentary | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Katia Krafft, Maurice Krafft
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

About the daring adventure of exploring rain forest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Graham Dorrington, Dieter Plage
Grizzly Man (2005)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century.

Directors: Werner Herzog, Dmitry Vasyukov
Stars: Werner Herzog, Nikolay Nikiforovitch Siniaev, Gennady Soloviev
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Sean Bergin, Harmen Fraanje, Ernst Reijseger
Wheel of Time (2003)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog's photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: The Dalai Lama, Lama Lhundup Woeser, Takna Jigme Sangpo
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as a U.S. naval pilot in the Viet Nam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Viet Cong, recreating many events for the camera.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick
My Best Fiend (1999)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Stories of serious traffic accidents caused by texting and driving are told by the perpetrators and surviving victims.

Director: Werner Herzog
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Werner Herzog ... Himself / Narrator
Jean Clottes Jean Clottes ... Himself
Julien Monney Julien Monney ... Himself
Jean-Michel Geneste Jean-Michel Geneste ... Himself
Michel Philippe Michel Philippe ... Himself
Gilles Tosello Gilles Tosello ... Himself
Carole Fritz Carole Fritz ... Herself
Dominique Baffier Dominique Baffier ... Herself
Valerie Feruglio Valerie Feruglio ... Herself
Nicholas Conard Nicholas Conard ... Himself
Maria Malina Maria Malina ... Herself
Wulf Hein Wulf Hein ... Himself
Maurice Maurin Maurice Maurin ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valerie Milenka Repnau Valerie Milenka Repnau ... (voice)
Edit

Storyline

In 1994, a group of scientists discovered a cave in Southern France perfectly preserved for over 20,000 years and containing the earliest known human paintings. Knowing the cultural significance that the Chauvet Cave holds, the French government immediately cut-off all access to it, save a few archaeologists and paleontologists. But documentary filmmaker, Werner Herzog, has been given limited access, and now we get to go inside examining beautiful artwork created by our ancient ancestors around 32,000 years ago. He asks questions to various historians and scientists about what these humans would have been like and trying to build a bridge from the past to the present. Written by napierslogs

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Canada | USA | France | Germany | UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

31 August 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cave of Forgotten Dreams See more »

Filming Locations:

Pont d'Arc, Ardèche, France See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$139,101, 1 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,234,785, 21 August 2011
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger in his talk at the Berlinale Talents 2015, the first 20 minutes of the film are shot with two GoPro Hero cameras taped side-to-side (one upside down), because at the time of shooting no 3D-system small enough for the cave shoot was available. The rest of the film was shot on professional, higher-quality 2k 3D-cameras with follow-focus, when they later became available. See more »

Quotes

Werner Herzog: We are locked in history and they were not.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Book Club (2018) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Typically Herzog, typically brilliant
22 April 2011 | by riff_17See all my reviews

As much as I love Herzog's feature films, it's in his documentaries that I feel he really excels and this one is no exception. Regardless of being faced with extremely restricted access to the Chauvet caves, the subject matter and Herzog's unique angle on story telling make this one of the most compelling documentaries I've ever seen. His documentaries always have a way of moving me, be it in the passion and determination in the people he studies like Dr Graham Dorrington and Timothy Treadwell or in the sense of awe inspired by the environments he focuses on like in Encounters at The End of The World and this one was no different, right from the start I was overcome with the beauty of the caves and the drawings on the walls.

The context and hypotheses given by the interviewees only helps to deepen the sense of wonder as each section of the cave is discussed in turn by everyone from the chief scientist to art historians, to a master perfumer, and in typical Herzog fashion, many of them are quite eccentric and add some humorous touches along the way. Throughout the film, these specialists, along with Herzog's narration really set your mind racing and I went to bed last night still thinking about the cave's mysteries.

The sign of a good film is never wanting it to end and during his last visit to the cave, the film fades to black a number of times, each time left me praying that we were going to be allowed to see just a bit more. Films like this help to open your eyes and remind you that outside the boring drudgery of our 9-5 existence, there is a whole world of beauty and mystery for us to explore and by leaving us with the allegorical example of crocodiles living in a nearby artificial tropical habitat, Herzog leaves you asking questions about the way we lead our modern life that will last long after you've left the cinema.


50 of 64 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 91 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed