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Tuya's Marriage (2008)

Yu Nan , Ba Te Er , Wang Quan'an  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yu Nan, Ba Te Er, Sen Ge, Zhaya, Peng Hongxiang
  • Directors: Wang Quan'an
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Music Box Films Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDLAUS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"A Wonderfully Assured Piece of Cinema." --Chicago Tribune

"A Compact Near-Masterpiece that combines a slow-motion romantic comedy with a docudrama-style portrait of a remote, nomadic culture as it is gradually eroded by the tides of the 21st century. --Salon

Winner Best Film, Berlin Film Festival --New York Times

Product Description

Tuya, hardworking and hardheaded, is a Mongolian desert herder who refuses to be settled in a town in accordance with the new industrialization policy. She is kept busy with two kids, a disabled husband and one hundred sheep to care for, but one day she hurts her back. The only way for the family to survive is for her to divorce her husband on paper and look for a new spouse who can take care of the whole family. A series of suitors lines up, but it s not easy to find a man who fits the bill. This warm, endearing tale, featuring stunning cinematography, won the top prize at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A world apart... December 18, 2008
By Mary M
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Do yourself a favor and watch this well made, interesting film which shows how life is in a place you'll most likely never see!

Tuya's life is made harder after her husband injures his back and can no longer work on their sheep farm. She is forced to realize that she needs an able bodied husband and should get divorced and try to marry again. She is responsible for the well being of her two children and she works 24-7, dressed in layers against the cold of the steppes, riding her camel and coming home to make food and more hot milk-tea, everyone's favorite drink OTHER than booze.

The plot doesn't thicken much more, but its enough for a good glimpse into a world infinitely different from ours. Well directed and well filmed, colorful and COLD!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Harsh Reality July 17, 2009
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Deep in the steppes of Mongolia, far from "civilization", life is brutal and harsh. Regardless of the freezing weather, and traveling by camel, every day sheep must be herded to forage for food, water must be hauled by hand from far away, etc. People live in wide round huts, cooking is primitive and there is no break to the routines. In Tuya's case all tasks are hers alone as her husband was crippled while trying to build them a well. Her son is just old enough to be a little help, while her baby is monitored by her husband.

One day her sister-in-law visits and persuades her she needs to divorce her husband so she can re-marry and find a man to help her. Ultimately Tuya reluctantly agrees but stipulates that any marriage to another man must include the care of her former husband. After she divorces him, there is no shortage of potential suitors, usually arriving in family groups to plead their cases. The characters and tale of courtship are riveting. She weighs each proposal carefully and in the end makes her selection. But was it the right choice? Will this new marriage improve her way of life or just make things more complicated?

This is a story to which we can all relate, no matter our cultural heritage. It is beautifully filmed and very moving.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A foreign world February 5, 2011
By Betsy K
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Our film society has included Tuya's Marriage as one of five films we are showing this season.

The photography and scenery in the film is uniformly excellent, and the detailed depiction of the customs, dress, and daily routines of struggling Mongolian sheep-herders is fascinating. The music, used to great effect in selected scenes, fits the film beautifully: exotic, stirring and plaintive to the Western ear. These aspects, and the unique premise of the story make the film worthwhile.

The film is scripted, but with the exception of the title role, characters are played by non-actors. There is a clear, event-studded storyline and ample drama, but emotions and humor, which are central to the story, are buried far below the surface. This, for me, is a disturbing weakness in the film. The characters feel SO foreign that they are hard to feel close to.

Perhaps it is my unfamiliarity with the cultural norms of these sheep-herders, but I found a lack of expressiveness in the actors' faces, and a paucity of gestures and of eye-contact between characters distancing. The spoken lines, as well, often seem to me, an American, to be delivered without the appropriate expression of voice, but I don't understand Mandarin and it may just be the unfamiliar rhythmns and intonations of the language that are unsettling for me.

One last nitty complaint - to me, the decibel level of wind, motors, and voices in the scenes filmed on the steppes was distracting (though memorable).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Survival against odds February 23, 2014
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Photography is good life in harsh mongolia is realistic, musical score is satisfactory,like snakes and ladders Tuyas misfortune, reminds Thomas Hardy 's Tess.
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