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Tuya de hun shi (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 June 2007 (Italy)
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Set in Inner Mongolia, a physical setback causes a young woman to choose a suitor who can take care of her, as well as her disabled husband.

Director:

Quan'an Wang

Writers:

Wei Lu, Quan'an Wang
6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Nan Yu ... Tuya
Ba'toer Ba'toer ... Ba'toer - the husband
Sen'ge Sen'ge ... Sen'ge - the neighbor
Bao'lier Bao'lier ... Bao'lier - the old friend
Bao'erku Bao'erku ... Bao'erku - the suitor
Zhaya Zhaya ... Zhaya - the son
Ting Ting Ren Ting Ting Ren ... Bao'rao - the daughter
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Storyline

Tuya is the persevering wife of Bater, a herdsman who lost his legs exploring water in the Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia) grassland that is fast vanishing as a result of desertification. She takes up the sole responsibility to make a living for the family, but develops a dislocated lumbar from her hard labor and risks paralysis herself. Faced with harsh reality, the couple decide to divorce so that Tuya can seek a better life. Imposing her own conditions of a remarriage - her new husband must take care of Bater, their children and their poor herding land, the strong-minded, stubborn, but also gentle, susceptible Tuya embarks on an arduous search for a new husband, and meets suiters who are rich but disingenuous, likable but shy, and saves a suicidal Bater who still longs for Tuya and their children along the way. Written by Perry Yu {perry@pobox.com}

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

8 June 2007 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Il matrimonio di Tuya See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,619, 6 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,329, 2 November 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A quietly powerful story of female reverence
6 April 2008 | by movedoutSee all my reviews

Wang Quanan's fascinating film "Tuya's Marriage" is a quietly powerful story of female reverence, shot on location against the arresting landscapes of deepest Mongolia, with its immensely graceful protagonist being the prepossessing shepherdess Tuya (Nan Yu), caught between a marital loophole and the tightening grip of subsistence when she's forced to look for a new husband willing to take care of her young children and an invalid ex-husband. Austere and gorgeous, Wang's observations on the encroaching capitalism in a rural land so entrenched in tradition and its collective, scuttles from background to foreground when Tuya explores her options and their economic viability. Wisely eschewing a formal romanticism of the arena, Wang takes us deeper into the all-encompassing humanism of the film, when he chooses a cogitative docu-drama approach to the film, a striking reminder that a film's aesthetics are part of its ethos and message. Triumphing at the 2007 Berlinale with the festival's top prize, Wang delivers a film so complex and rich that it finds its tracts in the human capacity for compassion and sorrow.


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