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In the opening scene of Quanan Wang’s third feature, a woman tries to break up a fight between two boys. She fails, calls them bastards, and goes inside to cry. The remaining hour and a half of Tuya’s Marriage is a flashback, showing what it took to make the strong-willed, hardworking, stoic Tuya (Yu Nan) turn into a blubbering girl. Set in Inner Mongolia, with sweeping vistas of a harsh desert (which alone are reason enough to watch), Tuya supports her family since her husband’s debilitating accident from trying to dig a much-needed well that he didn’t finish. Her days are spent on a camel, herding their flock of sheep, hauling water from an always dangerously low reservoir, and caring for her family. When she dislocates her lumbar vertebrae, the family’s survival is in danger, and in a place that treats marriage as business, the practical solution is for Tuya to divorce her husband and marry a man who can provide for them all. A parade of misfit suitors soon comes calling, and Tuya tries to remain devoted to her now ex-husband while she selects a new partner—îa difficult proposition for all parties involved. Although it’s often hard to tell what Tuya is thinking or feeling—dialogue is brief, and poker faces are rampant—her steadfastness in the decisions she’s forced to make is ultimately as heartwarming as it is heart-wrenching.