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Sky is big and blue,grassland stretches forever. When wind blows, grass waves and bends, so the flocks show.
This is an ancient Chinese poem about Inner Mongolian Grassland. In China, even a preschooler knows how to recite it.
The desertified grassland in Tuyas Marriage looked like Gobi desert. The green grassland was forever disappeared. Director Quan')an Wang used this movie to tell the world: China does have the developed cities. but, in the vast rural area, people are struggling to survive in the deteriorated environment.
The government's high GDP goal and planning economy sacrificed sustainable resources for the ordinary people to live and destroyed blue sky and clean water that the future generations will be depended on.
There were no conversation or dialogue in the movie touched any sensitive political or environmental issues, which made this movie able to pass the government censorship and the audience outside of China could enjoy it.
The movie also demonstrated the government officials and social moral corruption in China. At the roasted whole lamb feast, Baolier mentioned that he accompanied a government official to Macau for gambling. That is how a business survives in China. You must set relationship with local and high-ranking officials. In that way, you could get the land or business from government; you can also bypass all sorts of government inspections. Of course, the businessman must give money back to those officials under the table. There is no official who is not corrupted in China. When a government official is caught due to his political stands, you will see trucks pulling out tons of gold and cash from his/her house.
At midnight, the phone in the hotel room rang. Baolier picked up the phone. It was a prostitute who asked for business. In today's China, after 70-year brainwash, China as a society has lost basic moral standard. People look down the poor, but not prostitute.
Tuya was a traditional Mongolian woman. She was loyal to the marriage and determined to take responsibility of her disabled husband. When her spine was dislocated, she had to choose divorce and re-marry to carry her family forward. Even her ultimate goal of divorce was loyalty; but, since ethical issue was involved, the process could not be controlled. Even if Tuya believed that her love and affection would stay with her husband Bater.
Tuya's neighbor Senge deeply understood that Tuya was a good woman. He risked his life to dig the well. Senge tried to keep the traditional life and continue to live in the desertified grassland. When the explosion became loader and loader. The innermost door of Tuya's heart was finally open and she fell in love with Senge.
Bater loved Tuya and wished her to have a better life but he felt humiliated since Tuya fell in love with Senge. On the wedding day, after quite a few glasses of liquor, Bater started fighting with Senge.
Poor Tuya, she did not find solution for her family.
Maybe, the director tried to tell the audience that there is no hope for the ordinary people.