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Tuya's Marriage (2006)



Critic Consensus: The breathtaking landscapes of Inner Mongolia are a powerful backdrop for this quietly intense, dryly comical film.

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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.

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Nan Yu
as Tuya
Sen Ge
as Sen ge
as Baoerku
Ting Ting
as Baorao
as Nasen
He Shiyuan
as He Shiyuan
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Critic Reviews for Tuya's Marriage

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | December 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Made with a scrupulous attention to the slow-moving realities of grasslands life but lacking in dramatic heft.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

[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.

August 29, 2008
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Globe and Mail
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A strong addition to the burgeoning canon of China's so-called Sixth Generation filmmakers.

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Ching Tan
Ching Tan

An interesting movie that centralizes around the life of a hard-working woman who struggles to uphold her home as well as her family.

Leo L
Leo L

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The quiet passion of this movie made my heart ache. The stark countryside of Mongolia was like another character in the film. Beautiful performances.

Jamilah Suarez
Jamilah Suarez

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