Close To Eden


(out of 5)

Original title:  Urga

When a Russian highway worker gets drunk and crashes his car into a river somewhere in the middle of Mongolia, he befriends a local village family who take him in and give him shelter and food. The man ends up bringing to this primitive, beautiful culture all manner of modernity that has all manner of results. Nikita Mikhalkov makes the discovery of this into a captivating, intentionally unspectacular film. The photography of the wide open Asian plains is intoxicating and beautiful, the record of culture clash poignant and intelligently observed.

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France/USSR, 1991

Directed by

Story by , Nikita Mikhalkov, Screenplay by Rustam Ibragimbekov,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1992

Golden Globe Awards 1992

Independent Spirit Awards 1992.  

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