Close to Eden (Urga) (Territory of Love) (1991)

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Offering a seldom-seen view of inner Mongolian life, this moving drama provides insight into the effects the encroachment of modernization has had upon the tradition-based lives of the hardy steppe farmers. The tale centers on the relationship between one farmer and a Russian truck driver who nearly drowns after crashing his rig into a lake. The farmer, who was on his way into town to procure birth control, rescues the trucker and brings him home. For the Russian, it is a strange new world that at times borders on the surreal.

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Critic Reviews for Close to Eden (Urga) (Territory of Love)

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The kind of movie that has no reason for existence, except to keep the viewer bemused. It does that with such sly charm that when it's over, you don't even think to ask why it was made. You're simply pleased that it was.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It was only in the second half... that the film seemed to lift off of its own accord, and I realised I was watching something exceptional.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Mikhalkov's beautifully shot tale of the impact of modernization on rural Mongolia was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Aug 27, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Interesting slice of life film about a family of Mongolians trying to live their traditional life in spite of Communist edicts.

May 12, 2003 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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