• Cave of the Yellow Dog (2006)

Cave of the Yellow Dog

Release Date: November 10th, 2006

G |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

Nansal (Nansal Batchuluun), the oldest daughter of a nomadic Mongolian family, finds a small dog and names him Zochor. Her father refuses to let her keep it, believing it will bring the family bad luck and lead wolves to their sheep. Nansal decides to defy her father by hiding her four-legged friend but as winter approaches and the family prepares to move camps, Zochor is tied to a post by Nansal's father. He is forced to reconsider after the dog protects their youngest child from vultures.

Cast: Babbayar Batchuluun, Nansal Batchuluun, Nansalmaa Batchuluun, Buyandulam Daramdadi, Batchuluun Urjindorj

Director: Byambasuren Davaa

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Growing up, Brother, Deception, 2000s, Sacrifice, Family, Emotional, Survival

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film offers fascinating glimpses of a hardworking but unhurried way of life, though it doesn't have the powerful dramatic hook of "The Story of the Weeping Camel." show more

  • 100
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew York Daily News

    It's the perfect antidote to overprocessed entertainment, for moviegoers of any age. show more

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Children and animals, if they're handled right, can be among the great natural movie actors, and in The Cave of the Yellow Dog, writer-director Byambasuren Davaa handles her cast of youngsters and creatures (and a few adults) heartwarmingly well. show more

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