A motherless Chinese boy is taken in by an old Mongolian woman, Nai-Nai, who raises him as her grandson. He shares everything with the old woman's granddaughter, including the black stallion who becomes the symbol of their life together. That life is interrupted when, just before they are to be married, the boy is sent off to the city to study. When he returns three years later, he discovers that his fiancée is pregnant by another man and he is unable to forgive her.
Written and directed by Xie Fei, a Chinese director who is a master of broadly emotional but politically pointed filmmaking (The Woman from the Lake of Scented Souls, The Girl from Hunan), A Mongolian Tale offers an understanding of unwed motherhood that is hardly a staple of the moralistic mainland Chinese cinema. But Xie Fei--a director of the older generation who was persecuted during the Cultural Revolution--knows something about the power of compassion. Though the performances are somewhat simple, the director communicates much of the emotional scale of the film through his carefully controlled use of the landscape, expanding and contracting the spatial scope of his shots to correspond to the characters' moods. --Dave Kehr
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