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CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, a breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog (ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, GRIZZLY MAN) follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. A hit at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS is an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago -- almost twice as old as any previous discovery.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 127
- Fresh: 122
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 7.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Herzog's voiceover is, as always, more entertaining than most film soundtracks. The film has a touch of that gray fuzz which still afflicts 3-D, but the Chauvet cave is a perfect candidate for such technology, because it stashes its secrets in a recess.
Fresh: Art history lessons don't get much better: "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" presents the world's oldest paintings captured by one of film's great visionaries.
Fresh: What we come to love about Herzog's documentary is Herzog's love itself.
Fresh: To call "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" a great movie isn't just an understatement, it's a wildly inaccurate way to describe an experience that, in its immersive sensory pleasures and climactic journey of discovery, more closely resembles an ecstatic trance.
More hype than substance
I'm a huge documentary fan. Werner Herzog is Giant of the genre. I was very excited about this film, and utterly bored to watch it. Herzog is himself bigger than life and the press loves his bizarre personality. None of his crazy ways can save this film. I have no idea how this got such good reviews.
Amazing Film by an unequaled director
To have a chance to go inside the Chauvet Cave (which only a handful of people have been allowed to do since thier discovery in 1994) is an incredible opportunity but to be brought there by the venerable Werner Herzog makes it a truely special experience. Don't miss it!
The discoveries in this documentary could have been viewed in 20 minutes. Only the man from the circus had the most interesting dialog. Such cheesy lines, "Is that the sound of our heart beating, or the cave's heart beating?". The expressions of most of the people in it made them all look like crazy hobos. It was very hard to take this seriously. Making fun of the narration and the mannerisms of those interviewed helped me through it. You're better off just looking online for pictures of the the cave art of watching the trailer. The little that was shown of the actual art was interesting, but nothing groundbreaking or awe-inspiring. I have never heard of this director, but I will avoid him in the future.