Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Yu Nan, Ba Te Er, Sen Ge, Zhaya, Peng Hongxiang
Director: Wang Quan'an
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Tuya, hardworking and hardheaded, is a Mongolian desert herder who refuses to be settled in a town in accordance with the new industrialization policy. She is kept busy with two kids, a disabled husband and one hundred she... more »
A world apart...
Mary M | 12/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Do yourself a favor and watch this well made, interesting film which shows how life is in a place you'll most likely never see!
Tuya's life is made harder after her husband injures his back and can no longer work on their sheep farm. She is forced to realize that she needs an able bodied husband and should get divorced and try to marry again. She is responsible for the well being of her two children and she works 24-7, dressed in layers against the cold of the steppes, riding her camel and coming home to make food and more hot milk-tea, everyone's favorite drink OTHER than booze.
The plot doesn't thicken much more, but its enough for a good glimpse into a world infinitely different from ours. Well directed and well filmed, colorful and COLD!
A Harsh Reality
R. Crane | Washington, DC United States | 07/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Deep in the steppes of Mongolia, far from "civilization", life is brutal and harsh. Regardless of the freezing weather, and traveling by camel, every day sheep must be herded to forage for food, water must be hauled by hand from far away, etc. People live in wide round huts, cooking is primitive and there is no break to the routines. In Tuya's case all tasks are hers alone as her husband was crippled while trying to build them a well. Her son is just old enough to be a little help, while her baby is monitored by her husband.
One day her sister-in-law visits and persuades her she needs to divorce her husband so she can re-marry and find a man to help her. Ultimately Tuya reluctantly agrees but stipulates that any marriage to another man must include the care of her former husband. After she divorces him, there is no shortage of potential suitors, usually arriving in family groups to plead their cases. The characters and tale of courtship are riveting. She weighs each proposal carefully and in the end makes her selection. But was it the right choice? Will this new marriage improve her way of life or just make things more complicated?
This is a story to which we can all relate, no matter our cultural heritage. It is beautifully filmed and very moving.