Tuya’s marriage
“Living conditions are deteriorating for those who lead a rural existence in north-western China. The industry is expanding – even into this inhospitable region – and the government is pressurising Monoglian shepherds to give up their nomadic way of life, move to the nearby towns and settle down as farmers.

Beautiful and self-confident Tuya refuses to leave her pastureland. She’d rather stay here with her disabled husband, two children and one hundred sheep, and continue to pursue a life of privation in the endless expanse of the steppe. But all the hard work begins to take its toll on Tuya. Her husband Bater tries to convince her to divorce him, but Tuya refuses to comply even with his wishes. One day, she falls ill and for the first time begins to consider a divorce, because this would enable her to find someone to help her to look after Bater, the two children and their one hundred sheep. However, none of her suitors are prepared to take on Bater – until Tuya’s old classmate Baolier arrives on the scene. Having found a very nice nursing home for Bater, he persuades Tuya and the children to move to town. But, far away from the steppe and separated from his family, Bater finds it impossible to get used to life at the home. In desperation he slashes his wrists. When the news reaches Tuya, she realises that the time has come for her to act …
Director Wang Quanan: ‘My mother was born in inner Mongolia, not far from the film’s location. This is why I’ve always liked Mongolians, their way of life and their music. When I learned about the extent to which massive industrial expansion is turning the steppe into a desert, and how local administrators are forcing the shepherds to leave their homelands, I decided to make a film that would record their lifestyle before it all disappears forever.’ “
This is the short description about this amazing movie, which awarded Golden Bear for the Best Film in 57th Berlinale International Film Festival three months ago. Something is about woman, survival and iron. At the first sight, it reminded me a series photographs which I saw like 4 years ago. It is about the women living in the northern China – the living conditions just make the people there so different from those in south. They are more struggle for life. Especially the women, have a kind of heroic style: independent,  steady. Back to this movie, I like the part – Tuya’s stepsister said that she had to drink alcohol, just for being stronger to facing the hard life. At that moment, she smoked and kept silence, wearing shabby clothes, but holding a extra strong heart. These women are really something.
The funny thing is that I just met some parts of Sex and the City. I definitely confess the two of them are absolutely different styles. Carrie visited her bf’s country house, and complaint all the time, just want to point out she was a fashion New York girl….Suddenly,  I feel so weird. This is a divided world. Some people never know what happen and what look like outside their areas, although they are supposed no reasons to get into there. Actually, this is pathetic. Probably, I am wrong, because I do like Tuya’s Marriage and some parts of Sex and the City, whatever!  
By the way, I really want to mention this actress of Tuya’s Marriage – Yu Nan. She can act so well, even I had thought she must be a native nationality instead of a professional actress. However, She does, ever hard to be imaged she uses to be such a beautiful women. I like her.

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