Tuya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage)
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Tuya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"An authentic Mongolian romantic comedy, perhaps the first."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A hugely entertaining movie -- surprisingly contemporary, always incisive and often very funny. And heartbreaking."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Tuya is majestically played by Beijing actress Yu Nan."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Made with a scrupulous attention to the slow-moving realities of grasslands life but lacking in dramatic heft."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"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?"
‑ Kamal Al-Solaylee, Globe and Mail
"Nan Yu's work as the titular character and Sen'ge's performance as her nemesis/potential partner carry the film through some of the narrative rough patches"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"A lovely and sad film."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Thanks to the film's vivid, realistic atmosphere -- complete with chilly winds and hot milk tea -- many... scenes work remarkably well."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[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."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A strong addition to the burgeoning canon of China's so-called Sixth Generation filmmakers."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Inspired to capture the ebbing traditions of his mother's Mongolian heritage, director pays touching tribute to a strong woman who finally has no choice but to cry."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"The film works on a very human level ... because Wang neither romanticizes the Mongolian peasants nor overemphasizes the difficulties they face."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Tuya is joins the ranks of other strong, female characters created by Chinese directors and writers, in this case battling against the odds to keep her family together."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
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