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Cave of the Yellow Dog, The

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Gentle tale that chronicles the daily life of a family of nomadic Mongolian sheepherders and centers on a young girl's efforts to conceal a stray puppy she found, defying her father's orders forbidding her from keeping the dog. Once again using indigenous, nonprofessional actors (all are real nomads), director Byambasuren Davaa blends documentary and narrative storytelling less successfully than in her previous effort, "The Story of the Weeping Camel." Despite virtually no plot, she nevertheless manages to craft a simple yet lovely and gracefully shot fable that explores themes of family bonds and modernity's encroachment into traditional ways of life. Though underpinned by a cyclical Buddhist spirituality -- particularly its central belief in reincarnation -- the story and its affirmation of the supreme value of human life should resonate with Catholic viewers. Subtitles. The scene of a dead sheep being skinned may upset very young children. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I -- general patronage. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.



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