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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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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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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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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Featured in Beyond the Clouds (1995) See more »

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Theme from "Nocturne Nr. 2, Opus Nr. 9"
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one of the few films that makes me believe in humanity
6 August 1999 | by peter-209See all my reviews

One of the best films I know: beautiful, pensive, playful, realistic, poetic, humane, up-lifting. In the barrage of trash, one of the few films that makes me believe in humanity. I love this film so much that I arranged home projections for my friends several times. With all the up beat that I am mentioning, it is very open and truthful. Where in an American movie could you see an on-screen slaughter of a real lamb? And it was not ugly or gory at all! On the contrary, it was very decent and sensitive, teaching us respect for Nature.

And another little point. Has anybody noticed the inconspicuous little voice-over at the end which essentially makes "Urga" science fiction?!


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