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Tuya's Marriage (2006)

Cast: Yu Nan, Yu Nan, Ba Te Er, more...
Director: Wang Quan'an, Wang Quan'an
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Mpi Home Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, China, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
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A reserved Mongolian bride diagnosed with a debilitating back injury enters into an unusual agreement with her disabled husband in Lunar Eclipse director Wang Quan'an's Golden Berlin Bear-winning entry into the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. Peasant Tuya (Yu Nan) is a happily married mother of two whose husband Bater is permanently disabled. One day, after hard-working Tuya collapses in the fields while straining to perform her rigorous duties, the local doctor diagnoses her with a lumbar dislocation. Subsequently unable to care for her invalid husband, Tuya and Bater agree to divorce so that the ailing woman can wed a husband capable of caring for both of them. Though several suitors throw their hat into the ring upon hearing that Tuya is available, each is immediately put off upon learning that Bater is part of the deal as well. The only man who seems willing to consider caring for both is divorced oil tycoon Baolier, who, as a smitten young schoolboy, was once good friends with the kindly Tuya. When a sudden tragedy strikes, threatening Bater's life, however, Baolier's true intentions open the door for Tuya's cuckolded neighbor Sen'ge to step in and save the day. At first simply thankful for the benevolent intervention of the shy but likable Sen'ge, Tuya slowly begins to realize just how deep the lovelorn Sen'ge's feelings for her truly run. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Unrelenting thoughtfulness; a brilliant film by JJenkins1 June 28, 2009 - 4:03 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Full of surprises, this study of human values never drifts into the shallows. Set in the harsh Mongolian climate, the film explores the question of where decency comes from with its clean, sharp contrast between materialism and greed on the one hand, and human obligation on the other. The tough, nearly brutal setting studies human behavior within the sharp focus of necessity. My wife and I found ourselves riveted by the tight, careful plot, the steadiness of the acting, the rugged beauty of the landscape, the exotic Mongolian culture, and the loveliness of the star. Watching the heroine herd sheep on the back of a two-humped, long-haired Bactrian camel was worth the price of admission all by itself. The riddle of life is never compromised by this film, and the ending only serves to highlight the paradox of love.

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