Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
The winner of the 2006 Golden Bear -- the top prize at the prestigious Berlin Festival -- this small, sweet drama from Chinese director Wang Quang An is picturesque, romantic and unexpectedly droll tale of life in one the world's most remote regions.
Tuya is the persevering wife of Bater, a herdsman who lost his legs exploring water in the Neimenggu (Inner Mongolia) grassland that is fast vanishing as a result of desertification.
She takes up the sole responsibility to make a living for the family, but develops a dislocated lumbar from her hard labor and risks paralysis herself.
Faced with harsh reality, the couple decide to divorce so that Tuya can seek a better life.
Imposing her own conditions of a remarriage—her new husband must take care of Bater, their children and their poor herding land, the strong-minded, stubborn, but also gentle, susceptible Tuya embarks on an arduous search for a new husband, and meets suitors who are rich but disingenuous, likable but shy, and saves a suicidal Bater who still longs for Tuya and their children along the way.