Down in a Cave

With a film title like The Cave of the Yellow Dog, I'm not sure what to expect. My first thought was a mashup of Crouching Tiger and any Jim Jarmusch film. However, when I read details about the movie, six words killed any interest there might have been for this film—The Story of the Weeping Camel. Director Byambasuren Davaa has a fixation on animals and turns them into overwrought foreign-language art-house dramas. Camel, her 2003 debut, irked me beyond all measure. A contrived dramatic trailer about "an unexpected separation that threatens the unit of a family" and a tearful camel had me rolling my eyes and just shy of rolling in the aisles. Schmaltzy much? And guess what Yellow Dog is about? Oh, just the story of another Mongolian family and the stray pup who saves their son's life and blah blah blah...all it says to me is "naptime," though I'm eagerly anticipating Davaa's next film: The Road of the Traveling Mongoose. Riveting. And, yes, a joke. Take your chances with The Cave of the Yellow Dog (part of the Magnolia at the Modern movie series) Friday through Sunday at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. For tickets and showtimes, call 817-738-9215 or visit themodern.org/magnolia.
Fri., Jan. 5, 6 & 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 6, 5 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 7, 2 & 4 p.m.
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Rich Lopez