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Aro Recommended Cave of the Yellow Dog, The

 

Mongolia 2005, 93 minutes
Dir. Byambasuren Davaa
In Mongolian with English subtitles
Rating: [G]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama, Family

Topics: Animal Antics.

 

Aroview: The dir. of THE WEEPING CAMEL weaves an enchanting tale of nomads through the eyes of a young girl, using her friendship with a stray dog as a launch pad to capture and survey the stunning and increasingly deserted valleys of inner Mongolia.

Through naturalistic performances by a real-life Mongolian family, Davaa seamlessly melds a sense of storybook fable in six-year-old Nansal’s attempts to save the dog her father forbids her keep, and an intimate documentarian’s portrait of nomadic rituals, beliefs and the Buddhist ethos. Captivating both in its family-friendly narrative and restrained visual beauty, the film is also occasionally and necessarily sobering as a reflection on the lure of urbanism, and its threat to the nomadic way of life.

NZ International Film Festival 2006

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  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1
 

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