Close To Eden (1991)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB

Original title:  Urga

France/USSR, 1991.  , , , , , .  Story by , Nikita Mikhalkov, Screenplay by Rustam Ibragimbekov, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

European Film Award:  Best European Film

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Venice Film Festival AwardGolden Lion

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