Close to Eden (Urga) (Territory of Love) (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.


as Pagma
as Gombo
as Bayartou
as Grandma
as Bouin
Jon Bochinski
as Stanislas
Wang Zhiyong
as Van Biao
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Critic Reviews for Close to Eden (Urga) (Territory of Love)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Mikhalkov's beautifully shot tale of the impact of modernization on rural Mongolia was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Full Review… | August 27, 2012

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

Full Review… | May 12, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Close to Eden (Urga) (Territory of Love)

Urga does not mean "Close to Eden" it has to do with courtship on horseback... Russian truck driver meets nomadic family in 1990's... daughter playing accordian worth it alone

Megan M.
Megan M.

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