Urga Review


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Release Date:

01 Jan 1991

Running Time:

115 minutes



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Gombo (Bayaertu) tells his young son stories about the wind and dreams of Genghis Khan. Wife Pagma (Badema) tells him about condoms and dreams of a TV set.

Also known as Close To Eden, this extraordinary, award-winning fable of an ancient people being conquered by modern life, even here on the vast steppes of Mongolia, is a delightfully entertaining work of art and vision.

Visually stunning, it's full of charm and contrasts (like the Rambo poster in the hut, gift of a neighbour who insists it's his brother in America) and gentle adventures when Gombo rides to town. Sweet, funny and so wistful as to make the heart ache.

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