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

 -  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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Chanson "Les Collines de Mandchourie"
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If you have ever wondered what visiting Mongolia ..... see this wonderful film first.
8 February 2000 | by (Tuross Head, Australia) – See all my reviews

Urga is an excellent example of the magic of film in allowing people of very different cultures to communicate their various realities and common humanity. To someone like myself coming from a "modern developed culture", I found this tale of a culture that has only recently experienced the impact of "western" society, an entrancing and wonderful experience. It is visually beautiful, frequently wildly funny and life-affirming. For an unusual and extremely accessible film experience - or as a primer for the intending visitor - Urga can be heartily recommended.


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