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Close to Eden (1991)
"Urga" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  30 October 1992 (USA)
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The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe. They are pleased with their rustic conditions, until a Russian truck driver, ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Badema ...
Pagma
Bayaertu ...
Gombo
Vladimir Gostyukhin ...
Sergei
Babushka ...
Grandma
Larisa Kuznetsova ...
Marina
Jon Bochinski ...
Stanislas
Yongyan Bao ...
Bourma
Wurinile ...
Bouin
Biao Wang ...
Van Biao
Baoyinhexige ...
Bayartou
Nikolai Voshchilin ...
Nikolai
Jinsheng Bao
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The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe. They are pleased with their rustic conditions, until a Russian truck driver, Serguei, gets stuck with his truck nearby. The cultural gap between Gombo and Serguie seems invincible. But maybe they can learn a few things from each other? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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This was the first film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film from Russia. Previous nominees from that country had been submitted from The Soviet Union. It lost to France's Indochine (1992). See more »

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References Cobra (1986) See more »

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Chanson "Les Collines de Mandchourie"
Richard Galliano, Accordion
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If you ever wondered how an ordinary life could have been like without constant bombardment of television, ads and all the trappings of a hierarchical society, this movie beautifully depicts the life such a family, in the process of being unconsciously absorbed by the modernity the rest of us are so familiar with. The lead guy's performance as he tries to bemusedly make sense of the city and its services and warez is very touching. Its sad to see a strong, capable, independent soul finely tuned to the nature he is part of being slowly displaced by the "greater" civilisation, but its also an uplifting narrative of escapisim to a place where the contradictions and pretensions of the organised society does not exist.


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