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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:

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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 »

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Remake of Zendegi dar meh (1999) See more »

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Documentary
3 July 2005 | by valadasSee all my reviews

The documentary style of this movie doesn't put us away from the drama of life in this Kurdish village in Iranian soil but on the border with Irak. People there make a living by smuggling goods over the border subject to the constant risk of mines and ambushes. This involves children as well as adults. Life is particularly hard for children who have also to work for a living either wrapping up objects in the towns or carrying heavy packages on their shoulder or conducting mules carrying them across the border in the middle of the harshest weather conditions and a hostile landscape, to be sold on the other side. This is also the story of a family of orphan children, one of them being a crippled boy whose siblings treat with extreme care and tenderness, trying to earn money enough to take him to Irak to be operated otherwise he'll die soon. The image style is simple and unadorned. The images speak indeed for themselves. This story tells us not only how people live in that region of the globe, showing their customs and culture, but also how poverty and hardness cannot untie there the bonds of love in the bosom of the family. Maybe something we could learn in our western societies.


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