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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 »

Director:

Nikita Mikhalkov

Writers:

Rustam Ibragimbekov (screenplay), Rustam Ibragimbekov (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Badema Badema ... Pagma
Bayaertu Bayaertu ... Gombo
Vladimir Gostyukhin ... Sergei
Babushka Babushka ... Grandma
Larisa Kuznetsova ... Marina
Jon Bochinski Jon Bochinski ... Stanislas
Yongyan Bao Yongyan Bao ... Bourma
Wurinile Wurinile ... Bouin
Biao Wang Biao Wang ... Van Biao
Baoyinhexige Baoyinhexige ... Bayartou
Nikolai Voshchilin Nikolai Voshchilin ... Nikolai
Jinsheng Bao Jinsheng Bao
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Soviet Union

Language:

Mongolian | Russian | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Close to Eden See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$377,832

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$377,832
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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"
Richard Galliano, Accordion
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Timeless Beauty
22 October 1998 | by johan-16See all my reviews

This movie shows us a world without any borders, laws. Just a bunch of people who live in a superb nature, which fills the wide moviescreen in its endless beauty. It reminds us, how far we are away from nature, from our roots of our ancesters. That's why I think this movie appeals the people from all over the world. And especially those who like the widescreen movies from John Huston to Visconti. Only for the superb shots you can see it over and over again. It's, without any doubt a timeless beaty


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