Zamani barayť masti asbha (A Time for Drunken Horses)(Intoxication for Horses) (2000)

Zamani barayť masti asbha (A Time for Drunken Horses)(Intoxication for Horses)

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Former assistant director to Abbas Kiarostami and star of Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards, Bahman Ghobadi makes his directorial debut with this gritty, documentary-like look at Kurdish orphans struggling to survive. Shot in the village where the filmmaker grew up, the film unsentimentally depicts how children are packed in trucks and driven to the city to perform such menial jobs as wrapping parcels or, more likely, carrying large boxes like pack mules. Though Ayoub is all of 12 years old, he … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bahman Ghobadi
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On DVD: Feb 15, 2011
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Zamani barayť masti asbha (A Time for Drunken Horses)(Intoxication for Horses)

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (13)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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... a hard yet visually beautiful portrait of grueling third world lives under the desperation of poverty and the terror of war.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011
Turner Classic Movies Online

A powerful first film from Iranian writer/director Bahman Ghobadi.

Full Review… | April 2, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Dull drama from Iran.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Zamani barayť masti asbha (A Time for Drunken Horses)(Intoxication for Horses)

The abuse of animals, and children in this film is just terrible. I'm not even sure what the heck I was supposed to understand by the ending.

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

This is one more powerful and deeply affecting films coming from Iran. Using non-professional actors from the region, Ghobadi is able to lay bare the devastating hardships of life in Kurdistan on the Iran-Iraq border. The children are what make this film, though. In particular, Madi, the handicapped brother, has an incredibly expressive face. Also, the 12 year old head of the family, Ayoub, shows his love and dedication to his family of brother and sisters in each scene.

Powerful film and yet another indication that some of the world's best films are coming out of Iran these days.

mvieaddict
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

The unrepentant child labor and flawless collective acting from the child participants make for a startling opening and attention getter. While viewing the children going through the harsh border crossing scenes, you begin to wonder what sort of psychological effects reenacting would be caused upon the children, if any, simply by participating in this production. Once the drama equilibrates, you realize there's no end to the poverty, and the problematic decisions that children are faced with. It's mainly young'uns versus a cold reality. Featuring oftentimes breathtaking scenery.

RicC
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