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A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

Zamani barayé masti asbha (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 13 September 2000 (France)
Young Iranian Kurdish siblings try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

Director:

Bahman Ghobadi

Writer:

Bahman Ghobadi
11 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Ayoub Ahmadi Ayoub Ahmadi ... Ayoub
Rojin Younessi Rojin Younessi ... Rojin
Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini ... Ameneh
Madi Ekhtiar-dini Madi Ekhtiar-dini ... Madi
Kolsolum Ekhtiar-dini Kolsolum Ekhtiar-dini
Karim Ekhtiar-dini Karim Ekhtiar-dini
Rahman Salehi Rahman Salehi
Osman Karimi Osman Karimi
Nezhad Ekhtiar-dini Nezhad Ekhtiar-dini
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Kurdish | Persian

Release Date:

13 September 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Un tiempo para caballos borrachos See more »

Filming Locations:

Kurdistan, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,188, 29 October 2000

Gross USA:

$587,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$632,310
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Iran for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 73th Academy Awards in 2001. See more »

Connections

Remake of Zendegi dar meh (1999) See more »

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Hell is for children
22 November 2000 | by nunculusSee all my reviews

As can be determined by the almost unbelievably coarse

and heartless "reviews" of A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES seen here on the IMDB's "external reviews," the

Shooting Gallery had quite a task on their hands in selling

Americans on an Iranian film about a Kurdish brother and

sister smuggling contraband on mules to pay for their crippled sibling's life-saving operation. The tony, elderly

Westwood audience I saw HORSES with seemed put out that such an unpleasant experience interrupted their usual

flow of Landmark Cinema Cultural Time-Outs; those with

stronger constitutions will be offered as compensation

images that will stay seared in your heart for the rest of your

life.

A scene in the snow, in which an extended family decides

the fate of the dwarfish younger brother, has an operatic

severity that suggests a closer approximation of the dramatic quality of the Old Testament than any movie based on the Bible. The ending is so amazingly courageous one cannot imagine a brace of dentist-investors, much less an American studio, standing

for its effrontery.

The Iranian cinema is not just reinventing the experience of

movies; it is rediscovering the moral dimension of telling

stories.


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