Close To Eden

Also known as Urga, this 1991 Mongolian-Russian-French coproduction by Nikita Mikhalkov (Slave of Love, Dark Eyes) involves the bittersweet incursions of civilization and the modern world on a young Mongolian who raises sheep and horses, as well as his friendship with a Russian truck driver. Visually striking, especially for its uses of landscape, this often recalls Nicholas Ray’s wonderful film about Eskimos, The Savage Innocents, though it isn’t nearly as good. (JR)

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