Norjmaa, a Mongolian shepherd, tries to look after two injured soldiers. What she didn’t bank on was the soldiers’ incessant attempts to take each other’s lives.
Norjmaa lives a reclusive life in the uneventful Mongolian highlands. She remains steadfast even as the war approaches and her tribe leaves the land – because secretly, she is still waiting for her love to return from the war.
One day she discovers a badly injured Russian soldier in the fields. Being a caring, compassionate person, she tends to his wounds. Another day goes by and she finds a nearly dead Japanese serviceman. The two enemies are soon nourished back to life and learn to cope with losses of several limbs, but this doesn’t hinder their firm resolution to kill one another. Norjmaa finds it utterly astonishing how the two boys resourcefully try to finish each other off, and scolds them relentlessly at every attempt. Despite lacking a common tongue, little by little they seem to build a peculiar ecosystem of sly assaults and common meals.
With superlative humour and felicitous characters, Norjmaa is a charming comedy in a stunning setting. Its strong central female lead Badema is full of sweeping energy and the heartfelt mission of advocating peace.