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

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

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100

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
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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

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Art House & International, Drama

Bahman Ghobadi

Feb 15, 2011

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (5) | DVD (3)

... a hard yet visually beautiful portrait of grueling third world lives under the desperation of poverty and the terror of war.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

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

April 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Dull drama from Iran.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

A very moving film about a desperate people and their love of family.

February 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An unflinching portrait of familial allegiance and sacrifice.

May 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

slice-of-life story in which nothing much happens

April 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Ghobadi's realist style is indistinguishable from that of many of his Iranian contemporaries.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Comment (1)
Matinee Magazine

Shows how poverty-stricken children are forced at an early age to carry adult responsibilities on their small shoulders.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Ghobadi skillfully endears us to the children, whose suffering is never articulated in words.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

an intimate glimpse into the impoverished lifestyle of the Kurds living on the borders of northern Iraq

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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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.
January 14, 2012
itsjustme2004

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.
May 3, 2009
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Daisy Maduro

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    1. Amaneh: 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.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Amaneh: There are no jobs here, even if you have a mule.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Amaneh: Oh God. Help Madi! Oh God. Make him better!
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Ayoub: 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.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
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Foreign Titles

  • Zeit der trunkenen Pferde (DE)
  • A Time For Drunken Horses (UK)
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