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The Cave of the Yellow Dog [DVD]

Babbayar Batchuluun , Nansal Batchuluun , Byambasuren Davaa    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Babbayar Batchuluun, Nansal Batchuluun, Nansalmaa Batchuluun, Buyandulam Daramdadi, Batchuluun Urjindorj
  • Directors: Byambasuren Davaa
  • Producers: Byambasuren Davaa
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H308XO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,122 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Mongolian drama, from director Byambasuren Davaa. Six-year-old Nansaa (Nansalmaa Batchuluun) is out taking a walk when she finds a small dog in a nearby cave. Her father, worried about the effect the dog will have on his sheep, tells her to get rid of it, but when he is away on a long trip to the city, Nansaa decides to keep the dog. When the dog goes missing one day, she sets off to find him, and encounters an old nomad woman who tells her the legend of the cave of the yellow dog.

Customer Reviews

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Smiling 2 Aug 2006
As the DVD is yet to be released I can only comment on the film itself. For those who enjoyed 'weeping camel' this is a must. The beautiful landscape along with the slow-paced but heart-warming story create a enviroment which pulls the viewer in. The most endearing feature, though, has to be the wonderful performances that the crew managed to get out of the three children.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what a joy! 16 Aug 2007
I could have spent at least another week in the company of the Batchuluun family.
What a pity we couldn't have this instead of Eastenders.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Film. 1 April 2007
By D. Kadi
it seems to be very rare when a truly beautiful, sweet and simply-told movie comes along to delight the viewer. This is one such film. There is a real earthy, honest feel to this that I have never seen in a Hollywood production. Essentially, this is a docu-drama, which manages to extract incredible performances out of the very young children. Even the parents are superb. This is a MUST-SEE movie! It will aim right for your heart. If you haven't already, you will feel a deep yearning for the simeple ways of life again...and being part of a family. Superb. One of the finest films in the last 50 years!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly inspirational 2 Nov 2007
I came across this moving film by accident but it will stay with me forever. I live surrounded by a chaotic clutter of possessions, none of which make me any happier. This film creates a window into another approach to life. The family at the centre of the film work hard and the director does not allow sentimentality to disguise the harsh reality. They have an unvaried diet, long hours of manual labour and must create their own entertainment. The message which shines through is not how different we are but how similar - we all share love towards our children/parents/brothers/sisters. This film reinforces that our health and happiness depend on our relationships with others and reminded me how precious a sense of community is. The director manages the balance between documentary and drama much better than in her previous film "Story of the Weeping Camel" and the little girl at the heart of the story is natural and engaging.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange new world 4 Sep 2007
I felt like i stayed on a long holiday with this family. Great great film, (ensuring your're in the right mood and frame of mind). Simple subject, studied and relayed to the viewer brilliantly. If you appreciate and are willing to see films which are not the norm then go for this.
The acting wasn't so much as acting as a family been themselves and someone with a camera invisibly filming them, even the animals were good.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely movie! 26 Feb 2007
The story itself isn't complex - little girl of nomadic herdsmen finds a dog and wants to keep it. Her father wants her to leave it behind....

You will be absolutely knocked out by the little girl's performance - in fact, her whole family act in this film. The landscape is stunning and the film provides a fascinating glimpse into a way of life in jeopardy.

If you are looking for a nice family film this would suit confident readers (subtitled). My son is six and I just paraphrased the conversations for him cos he couldn't keep up with the subtitles.

Beautiful little film - enjoy it ;-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Affirming 5 Feb 2008
By Val_U
I'd completely forgotten putting this on my list so when I put it on, I had no idea what it was about. Watching it was such a joy! It was stunningly beautiful and every character, right down to the puppy, was so beautiful "cast". The fact that I couldn't figure out whether it was a documentary or fiction, didn't matter to me. It was so believable and (rarely for me) I cared what happened. I loved it so much, I'm buying it and intend to watch it over and over again whenever I need reminding what's important in life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The first thing that will strike you is the cleanness of the shots and superbly naturalistic acting. It's a simple and well told story, with perfectly precise but unpretentious pace. A family surviving through a period of change within their long held traditions of simple nomadic life as the far spread community finds itself dwindling in numbers. In particular the central character, a young girl returning from schooling in the city, is acted with astonishing talent. I loved this film and it left me longing for a yurt in the mountains. Deserving of all its many awards and a must see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A firm favourite and I buy it for friends as a present
one of the loveliest most human, tender, moving films. A firm favourite and I buy it for friends as a present, it is such a window into a different world and culture.
Published 4 days ago by Dr Andrea Mcfarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars Yellow Dogs
I purchased this after seeing the Story of the Weeping Camel - another beautifully told story about a life lived in harsh conditions.
Published 11 months ago by S. Snailum
4.0 out of 5 stars captivating micro story of a Mongolian family
This film is highly instructive because it takes the viewer into the most intimate life of a nomadic Mongolian family. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carno Polo
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Transported to a world so far removed from our own, absolutely lovely story featuring real Mongolian nomads, can't wait to go there. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Miss H. Copland
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
This DVD is just amazing. It shows a real life of a mongolian family. A very good film.Thank you very much!!!
Published 19 months ago by Anton
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is a superb film, beautifully produced. It does not have a strong story line, but if you like atmospheric films then you should enjoy this. I do, and I love it!
Published 19 months ago by Marku
5.0 out of 5 stars The cave of the Yellow Dog
This is an excellent film with wonderful photography and music. It is a good film for adults and children (over 10]
Published 20 months ago by Jane Andrson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful
We love films about Mongolia and Siberia, and this is perfect. A great insight into traditional ways of life and the language.
Published 21 months ago by Fran
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE!
This film has absolutely no goodness in it. No plot, no good acting, it's all terrible. It made absolutely no sense to me! You'll definately be dozing by the end. Best avoided! Read more
Published on 28 May 2011 by G. Stephenson
1.0 out of 5 stars Barely Watchable
Documentary on a nomadic family,poorly produced,totally uninteresting nearly fell asleep, one most definitley for the bin!My advice huge disappointment follows purchase!
Published on 20 Nov 2009 by C. Hughes
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