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A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)
"Zamani barayé masti asbha" (original title)

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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 ...
Rojin
Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini ...
Ameneh
Madi Ekhtiar-dini ...
Madi
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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Zamani barayé masti asbha  »

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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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A worthwhile look at a slice of (a very difficult) life
21 April 2001 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I wasn't sure where this movie was going for the first 15 minutes, but before long I was drawn into the story like the rest of the audience. This could be considered in the "Indy" film class, but whatever rough edges it might have only add to the impact of the story. Reason tells me it was fiction, but I really had the feeling we were there, or at least that one of the characters was filming the whole thing with a handicam.

The filmmaker did what he set out to do: He make a film that makes us care about some of his people. The conditions these people struggle under are appalling, and are made all the more difficult by politics. My girlfriend and I left the theatre wondering where we could find out more about these people and what can be done for them.

The young actors, especially Madi, are as good as - and perhaps better than

  • any $20 million Hollywood superstar. This is Film, not a Hollywood formula
flick, and the story is worth seeing, however bleak it may seem at times.


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