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)
When the youngest boy of a destitute Iranian Kurdish family suffers from a terminal illness, his young siblings struggle to pay for a life-saving operation. In desperation, the eldest sister agrees to marry an Iraqi man, willing to care for the brother. At the border exchange, however, the family of the Iraqi man rejects the sick boy, leaving the siblings in a harrowing race against time.

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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