Tuya's Marriage (2006)
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Critic Reviews for Tuya's Marriage
This 2006 drama is refreshing not only for its gentle comic touches but for director Wang Quanan's refusal to sentimentalize China's vanishing nomadic culture: life is harsh and no one's a saint, including his outspoken heroine.
Made with a scrupulous attention to the slow-moving realities of grasslands life but lacking in dramatic heft.
[Yu Nan] owns the role of Tuya, delivering a wide-ranging performance that might be called 'star-making' if she didn't already suggest the confidence of an established star.
Director Wang Quan'an shows us a China of contrasts and in transition, where a life of traditional farming is harder than ever to sustain while life in the nearest city includes nice hotels, decent health care and good schools.
For those who are still reeling from the forced exuberance of Mamma Mia! but have room for one more film about a woman with multiple suitors, may I recommend Tuya's Marriage?
Audience Reviews for Tuya's Marriage
A quiet film that's a portrait about one woman's resilience while struggling to survive in the stark living conditions of rural Mongolia that force her to make decisions that are against her cultural moral grain. I haven't seen that many films about Mongolian culture, so this film was a revelation in itself from that standpoint. It was odd to me that they were speaking in Mandarin and the accent is different than I'm used to. Perhaps because this was made by Beijing based filmmakers and thus poised to debut for an international audience? I'm glad to hear that this won top honors at the Berlin festival. This actress is truly gifted, who looks alot like Gong Li, as she can convey strength, frustration, humility, love, loyalty, etc all in her stance and countenance.
An interesting movie that centralizes around the life of a hard-working woman who struggles to uphold her home as well as her family.
The quiet passion of this movie made my heart ache. The stark countryside of Mongolia was like another character in the film. Beautiful performances.
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