Zamani barayť masti asbha (A Time for Drunken Horses)(Intoxication for Horses) (2000)
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 has become the head of the household, which includes his severely disabled older brother -- who is also deathly ill. In order to pay for an operation that might prolong his life, Ayoub joins a group of smugglers who traffic truck tires to Iraq. Negotiating landmines and dodging border guards, they struggle to get their overburdened mules through snow covered mountains by plying them with alcohol. Later, the eldest sister agrees to marry an Iraqi Kurd, under the belief that the groom's family will pay for the operation. This film was screened at the 2000 Cannes and Toronto film festivals. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Zamani barayť masti asbha (A Time for Drunken Horses)(Intoxication for Horses)
... a hard yet visually beautiful portrait of grueling third world lives under the desperation of poverty and the terror of war.
A very moving film about a desperate people and their love of family.
Ghobadi's realist style is indistinguishable from that of many of his Iranian contemporaries.
Shows how poverty-stricken children are forced at an early age to carry adult responsibilities on their small shoulders.
Ghobadi skillfully endears us to the children, whose suffering is never articulated in words.
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.More
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.
Zamani barayť masti asbha (A Time for Drunken Horses)(Intoxication for Horses) Quotes
- Ayoub worked hard for two months, but he wasn't able to earn enough for Madi's operation. He had to spend everything on us. After the fight in which he broke his arm, our uncle offered Ayoub a mule, so that they could work together.
- There are no jobs here, even if you have a mule.
- Oh God. Help Madi! Oh God. Make him better!
- In the truck, they said that several smugglers had been blown up by mines. Our village is on the border. That's who many villagers had died. My dad's there at the moment. I'm worried about him.
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