Third feature by the front runner of Tibetan cinema, whose first short film was screened in Rotterdam. Without raising the tempo, he gets better and better. In this allegory, an old shepherd is angry at his son for selling their Tibetan mastiff, a popular dog race among rich Chinese people.
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Gorgeous, comedical, & thoroughly horrifying, Tseden's near mythological OLD DOG is a deep, haunting masterpiece. Subtleties accumulate towards a profound, figural representation of evil in the world, of cultural tradition extinguished. Compositionally, landscape is constantly honored, never as empty aesthetics. Motifs build & strengthen until milieu & plasticity are utterly one and the same. The last shot is killer.