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Roushan Karam Elmi
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 <email@example.com>
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
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
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