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With: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini, Madi Ekhtiar-dini
Written by: Bahman Ghobadi
Directed by: Bahman Ghobadi
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Persian, Kurdish with English subtitles
Running Time: 80
Date: 05/01/2000
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A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

3 Stars (out of 4)

A Little Snort

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

A powerful first film from Iranian writer/director Bahman Ghobadi, A Time for Drunken Horses forgoes the sentimental kids' stories we sometimes see in Iranian film. Instead, it presents a gritty story of a Kurdish family saddled with a crippled son and the efforts of the remaining kids to raise money for his operation. A twelve year-old boy smuggles tires out of the country on donkeys (who are forced to drink alcohol to withstand the cold). It's a lean, realistic film, free of conventions and manipulations. Ghobadi was assistant director on Abbas Kiarostami's recent masterpiece The Wind Will Carry Us. It was part of the 2000 Shooting Gallery series. Kino released the long-overdue DVD in 2011.

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