A Time for Drunken Horses (Kurdish, Subtitled in English)
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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 15, 2011
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Lorber Films (Kino)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Kurdish
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Nezhad Ekhtiar-Dini & Amaneh Ekhtiar-Dini|
|Performer:||Ayoub Ahmadi & Jouvin Younessi|
|Directed by||Bahman Ghobadi|
|Screenwriting by||Bahman Ghobadi|
|Produced by||Bahman Ghobadi|
Rating: 3/4 -- The movie is brief, spare and heartbreaking. Full Review
...Affecting [and] beautiful...
New York Times
...The film carries a searing emotional charge....Strikingly shot....Excellently acted by its young cast...
Sight and Sound
...[A] beautiful, heart-rending film....A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES is a film of simplicity and power, beautifully shot and effortlessly acted by nonprofessionals...
Los Angeles Times
...Remarkable...and deeply absorbing. -- Rating: A-
Rating: A- -- A very moving film about a desperate people and their love of family. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 2/5 -- Dull drama from Iran.
Bahman Ghobadi's tragic, yet unsentimental first feature is influenced by his own childhood in Iran's Kurdistan. In a remote Kurdish village on the Iran-Iraq border, five motherless children endure hardscrabble lives, as heavily burdened by responsibility and loss as a smuggler's mule. Ayoub (Ayoub Ahmadi) and his young sister, Ameneh (Ameneh Ekhtiar-Dini) work at a bazaar to earn money, while simultaneously caring for their tiny, ill brother, Madi (Mehdi Ekhtiar-Dini), who suffers from a form of dwarfism. When a landmine kills their smuggler father, Ayoub must provide for the family, despite his young age. He joins the smugglers, carrying heavy loads on his back through the snowy mountains toward Iraq, while dodging the constant threat of ambush and mines. Pressure on Ayoub increases as poor Madi's illness worsens. An operation in Iraq is Madi's only hope, yet Ayoub's earnings barely cover the family's necessities. A possible solution arises when the children's eldest sister, Rojin (Rojin Younessi) enters an arranged marriage with an Iraqi, who promises to pay for the operation. With its sparse dialogue, rough settings, and intimate view of Kurdish life, Ghobadi's first feature film is a simply told and very powerful tale.
- Theatrical release: October 27, 2000
- Co-winner of the Camera d'Or at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
- The film's title refers to the smugglers' practice of mixing their horses' water with alcohol, so the animals will carry their heavy loads in extremely cold weather.
- Ghobadi used non-actors for the film--all were villagers from Baneh, Iran, where the director was born, and where he shot the film. Some of the children featured are actually from the same family.
- Ghobadi based the film on the premise he used for an earlier short film, LIFE IN FOG.
- Godfrey Cheshire of the New York Press voted A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES one of the top ten films of 2000.
- Director Bahman Ghobadi was nominated for Best Foreign Film by the Independent Spirit Awards.
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