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Zamani barayé masti asbha (2000)

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
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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$700,159, 6 May 2001
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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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A worthwhile look at a slice of (a very difficult) life
21 April 2001 | by rvm-2See 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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