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A Time for Drunken Horses2000

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  • 4.3
Winner of the Caméra d’Or ("Best First Feature") at the Cannes Film Festival, A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES announced Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (TURTLES CAN FLY) as a major talent. His debut follows the heart-wrenching drama of a Kurdish family living on the Iran-Iraq border. The only work available in this poverty-stricken locale is to smuggle goods between the countries, through hills stalked by armed bandits. These dangers rob Ayoub (Ayoub Ahmadi), Amaneh (Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini), Rojin (Rojin Younessi) and the developmentally disabled Madi (Madi Ekhtiar-dini) of their parents and they are forced to fend for themselves. Ayoub is the eldest boy and he soon starts making the perilous overland journeys himself, desperate to raise money for Madi’s life-saving operation. Surviving the snowy valleys and marauding thieves does not bring in enough money and their uncle sets up an arranged marriage for Rojin, threatening to split up the close-knit siblings. Haunting performances by the non-professional child actors convey a devastating portrait of Kurdish life on the margins of Iranian society.
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Heartbreaking film about a children, family, and the lengths family go for survival. One of the children in this Kurdish family has a deformity, the story revolves around the ways in which the children earn money to afford appropriate healthcare for this disabled child, as they struggle to get by on the Iran/Iraqi border. This film affords the viewer a close look at the world of Kurdish living, and does so with such sensitivity, brutal honesty, stimulating all the senses, there were times where I imagined what the aroma's and scent's in the air might have been like. This film gives it's viewers a good close look at the lives of this impoverished Kurdish family.

Tender without being mawkish and devastatingly real looking

One among the best iranian movies about children !!!!!