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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... a hard yet visually beautiful portrait of grueling third world lives under the desperation of poverty and the terror of war."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"A very moving film about a desperate people and their love of family."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ghobadi's realist style is indistinguishable from that of many of his Iranian contemporaries."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"an intimate glimpse into the impoverished lifestyle of the Kurds living on the borders of northern Iraq"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A powerful first film from Iranian writer/director Bahman Ghobadi."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An unflinching portrait of familial allegiance and sacrifice."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Shows how poverty-stricken children are forced at an early age to carry adult responsibilities on their small shoulders."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Dull drama from Iran."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"slice-of-life story in which nothing much happens"
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Ghobadi skillfully endears us to the children, whose suffering is never articulated in words."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International