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China, the 1990s. In villages where female babies are drowned, there are few young women to marry the men and bear more sons. Families buy wives - girls lured from the city. Bai finishes college and accepts a job in a remote mountain village harvesting herbs. It's a ruse: she's sold to a peasant family. She's indignant; the parents hold her so the son can rape her. She tries to run away; she's beaten. Other women kidnapped a few years before, now with children, tell her to comply. She continues to try to escape. She writes to her father, smuggling letters to the mailman. She obtains a bit of money. The village is without pity, except for the teacher. Can he help her? Anger mounts. Written by
A young woman is sold as a bride to a remote villager in China.
This is an extremely compelling and thought provoking film.
It portrays the fate of a young woman who accepts a job offer in the countryside and finds she has been sold as a bride to a family in a remote village in modern day China.
It is extremely realistic, my uninformed guess is that there were very few professional actors involved. All the characters seemed completely true to life.
Village life in modern China is very accurately portrayed. The Chinese government is vigorously trying to stop the old cultural practice of young women being sold as brides but traditions sometimes die hard; especially in areas remote from centers of authority.
Most interestingly the film revealed how Chinese people relate to authority. The villagers' reactions to visits from party officials and the police were right on the mark.
I watched this with a woman who grew up in in a small village and she confirmed its unerring accuracy.
There are many wonderful improvements in the life of most Chinese people. This film doesn't negate them; but shines a light on one facet that is heartbreaking in its injustice.
Make sure you catch this classic.
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