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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Badema ... Pagma
Bayaertu ... Gombo
... Sergei
Babushka ... Grandma
... 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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Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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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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Chanson "Les Collines de Mandchourie"
Richard Galliano, Accordion
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Hard-to-find Russian classic
11 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

One of the most beautiful and lyrical films that I have ever seen, one of those experiences where you walk into a theatre not knowing what to expect and walk out of the theatre wanting to drag everyone you've ever known into the theatre to see it.

I can't imagine why this Oscar-nominated film is not available on DVD but it's well worth your annual haul-out-the-VHS-player-one-more-time weekend look. At first you'll feel like you're eavesdropping on something very private, but by the end of the film you may wish that you were one of the family.

I don't' like to give away plot points when commenting on a movie, in fact I don't even like to watch previews-of-coming-attractions because they give away too much of the story. I like to walk into a movie blind, and trust me on this one, you'll be glad you made the journey.


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