Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Urga (Close to Eden)

Probably my favorite Mikhalkov movie is Urga, which in its sparseness speaks volumes, reminding me quite a bit of Kurosawa's Dersu Uzala. This is a more modern tale as Mikhalkov juxtaposes a Russian truck driver with a semi-nomadic Mongolian family after he drives his truck into a river. What you get is a wonderful slice of life that is rarely captured on film.

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