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Close to Eden (1991)

Urga (original title)
PG | | Drama | 30 October 1992 (USA)
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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Gombo
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Babushka ...
Grandma
Larisa Kuznetsova ...
Marina
Jon Bochinski ...
Stanislas
Yongyan Bao ...
Bourma
Wurinile ...
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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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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #6.1 (1993) See more »

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Theme from "Lohengrin"
by Richard Wagner
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A Plains like an Ocean.
28 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Close to Eden" (Russian, 1992): Living on the simple, harsh, flowing Steppes of China/Mongolia, we meet a traditional family. By the photography and music, it's clear from the start that we should to accept, if not admire, their difficult but very satisfying life. Yes, there are signs of contemporary urban society – the young son wears a baseball cap, the daughter plays the accordion, and the wife wants her husband to travel to the nearest city for condoms (they are already over the legal limit of children), and a television. Eventually in the position of helping a stranded Russian truck driver, the husband travels with him to an urban "center" and deals with "city" life. "Close to Eden" patiently mutates from a beautifully straight forward "document", to one full of symbols - not just the threat of encroaching urban blight, but reminders of their proud racial past. Eventually narrated by the fourth son (any more than two is illegal in rural China), and named after the great Genghis Khan, he completes the story long after his grandmother, parents, and original hut are gone.


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