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A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

Zamani barayé masti asbha (original title)
Young Iranian Kurds (brothers and sisters) try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

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Ayoub Ahmadi ...
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Rojin Younessi ...
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Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini ...
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Madi Ekhtiar-dini ...
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Kolsolum Ekhtiar-dini
Karim Ekhtiar-dini
Rahman Salehi
Osman Karimi
Nezhad Ekhtiar-dini
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After their father dies, a family of five are forced to survive on their own in a Kurdish village on the border of Iran and Iraq. Matters are made worse when 12 year old Ayoub, the new head of the family, is told that his handicapped brother, Madi, needs an immediate operation in order to remain alive. This heartbreaking tale shows the lengths to which a family will go in order to survive in the harshest of conditions, where even the horses are fed liquor in order to work. Written by Jonathan Beebe <jrbeebe@midway.uchicago.edu>

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13 September 2000 (France)  »

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Un tiempo para caballos borrachos  »

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$42,188 (USA) (27 October 2000)

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$700,159 (USA) (4 May 2001)
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The first feature film in Kurdish, a language which was banned in Iranian schools since the 1940s, to achieve an international release. See more »

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Remake of Zendegi dar meh (1999) See more »

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Another gem from Iran
25 May 2001 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Iran must have a very strong storytelling tradition, because I've seen about 7 movies from there in the last year and (with the exception of The Wind Will Carry Us), they've all been amazing. Next to the White Balloon this one was my favorite. Months after seeing it I still feel awful about complaining about traffic or any of the "problems" in my life when I think of the things a 12 year old Ayoub had to deal with (my big problem when I was 12, my mom threatening to throw my baseball cards away, doesn't quite compare...). It's so rare to see such a display of devotion, perseverance, maturity that doesn't look totally contrived. Add to that that these were all amateur actors and you end up with something from the heart that has a lot of depth. 9/10


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