A Time for Drunken Horses

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A Time for Drunken Horses

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Director:
Bahman Ghobadi
Released:
2000
Rating:
PG
A Time for Drunken Horses is the moving story of a Kurdish family, living on the Iranian side of the Iran-Iraq border. Like many others of that region, the family is poverty-stricken and earns money by smuggling goods from one country to another. This dangerous occupation results in the death of the parents, leaving Ayoub (Ayoub Ahmadi), Amaneh (Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini), Rojin (Rojin Younessi) and Madi (Madi Ekhtiar-dini) on their own. The youngest boy, Madi, is disabled and in order to save his life, the older siblings need to pay for an operation. Desperate, Ayoub begins the same work that killed his parents as Rojin faces down an arranged marriage. The acting of the children is haunting and made even more impressive with the knowledge that they are not professional actors. This moving and poignant film has won many awards including Best Feature at Cannes, and helped launch its director, Bahman Ghobadi, on the international scene.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A film of simplicity and power, beautifully shot and effortlessly acted by nonprofessionals.

  • 80

    Variety Deborah Young

    It is all the more heart-wrenching for being realistic. Its portrait of child labor brooks no sentimentality and no cliches.

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Because of its relentlessness, its crawling pace (the 77 minutes pass like 2 1/2 hours) and its sometimes confusing story, A Time for Drunken Horses may not be for every taste, but...

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