The Cave of the Yellow Dog tells the story of the age-old bond between man and dog, a bond which experiences a new twist through the eternal cycle of reincarnation in Mongolia.
Stripping film to its bare essentials, The Cave of the Yellow Dog is a journey through the wilderness and a story that finds resonance in the cycle of life. Peopled with a cast of non-professionals, it’s a triumph of elegant simplicity, and its country’s official submission to the 2005 Oscars.
Such a beautiful film, not so much in the sense of the plot but the colors, background and music just bring this film in. It's a film to really just chill with and watch, lacking in action, it makes up in its subtlety. I really enjoy the setting in Mongolia with its vast expanse of grassland, it looks absolutely phenomenal. I as well found the children to be absolutely adorable for some reason and I hate kids.
I really liked that this film was shot in a documentary style. It made it feel like we were following a normal families life. The children were great, especially the main little girl, at expressing their love for the dog. You can tell the dog was timid at first but later started to get more comfortable with them and ended up being very protective and a part of the family.
This movie was so beautiful and moving in so many ways. For instance, when the little girl that goes in the cave and finds the dog and the dog came off as scared because he thought a wolf was going to come in there and eat him. It went at a steady pace but you would be able to understand what is going on through out the movie. I did not understand it at first but as I got into it I grown to really like it.
I think the reviews have this pegged well. It is small in terms of the scope of the story, but it is well observed and moving. The location is as striking as expected and the children's performances are great, as well. I certainly feel like I could spend another movie with this family, and it reminds me of how much I have left to learn about Mongolia.
This Film uses a documentary type form to it, at least to me, because it depicts very real events through a gritty film style. The movie is not one hundred percent a documentary style movie as there is some belief that needs to be suspended that slightly takes you out of the movie. In a way this movie is a mixture of documentary and storytelling as it depicts these events as if they were real, but also tells a story.