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A Time for Drunken Horses

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Bahman Ghobadi's tragic, yet unsentimental first feature is influenced by his own childhood in Iran's Kurdistan. In a remote Kurdish village on the Iran-Iraq border, five motherless children endure hardscrabble lives, as heavily burdened by responsibility and loss as a smuggler's mule. Ayoub (Ayoub Ahmadi) and his young sister, Ameneh (Ameneh Ekhtiar-Dini) work at a bazaar to earn money, while simultaneously caring for their tiny, ill brother, Madi (Mehdi Ekhtiar-Dini), who suffers from a form of dwarfism. When a landmine kills their smuggler father, Ayoub must provide for the family, despite his young age. He joins the smugglers, carrying heavy loads on his back through the snowy mountains toward Iraq, while dodging the constant threat of ambush and mines. Pressure on Ayoub increases as poor Madi's illness worsens. An operation in Iraq is Madi's only hope, yet Ayoub's earnings barely cover the family's necessities. A possible solution arises when the children's eldest sister, Rojin (Rojin Younessi) enters an arranged marriage with an Iraqi, who promises to pay for the operation. With its sparse dialogue, rough settings, and intimate view of Kurdish life, Ghobadi's first feature film is a simply told and very powerful tale.
  • Credits
    Amaneh Ekhtiar-Dini, Nezhad Ekhtiar-Dini, Ayoub Ahmadi, Jouvin Younessi
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The film carries a searing emotional charge....Strikingly shot....Excellently acted by its young cast..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Emotionally intense....Excellent....Genuine and heartbreaking, the images and emotions are sure to linger inside long after you've left the cinema..."
    Total Film

    "...Affecting [and] beautiful..."
    New York Times

    "...Remarkable...and deeply absorbing." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[A] beautiful, heart-rending film....A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES is a film of simplicity and power, beautifully shot and effortlessly acted by nonprofessionals..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The movie is brief, spare and heartbreaking....A TIME FOR BROKEN HORSES has the same kind of conviction as movies like THE BICYCLE THIEF, SALAAM BOMBAY and PIXOTE.."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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