A Time for Drunken Horses (Kurdish, Subtitled in English)

A Time for Drunken Horses (Kurdish, Subtitled in
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: February 15, 2011
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Lorber Films (Kino)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Kurdish
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 33


User Ratings: 1,322
...The movie is brief, spare and heartbreaking....A TIME FOR BROKEN HORSES has the same kind of conviction as movies like THE BICYCLE THIEF, SALAAM BOMBAY and PIXOTE..
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 27, 2000
... a hard yet visually beautiful portrait of grueling third world lives under the desperation of poverty and the terror of war. Full Review
Turner Classic Movies Online
Apr 1, 2011
Fascinating inside look at a rarely seen region. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Dec 29, 2015
...Remarkable...and deeply absorbing. -- Rating: A-
Entertainment Weekly
Nov 17, 2000
...[A] beautiful, heart-rending film....A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES is a film of simplicity and power, beautifully shot and effortlessly acted by nonprofessionals...
Los Angeles Times
Oct 27, 2000
Rating: 2/5 -- Dull drama from Iran.
Film Threat
Dec 8, 2002
...Emotionally intense....Excellent....Genuine and heartbreaking, the images and emotions are sure to linger inside long after you've left the cinema...
Total Film
Sep 1, 2001

Product Description:

Bahman Ghobadi's tragic, yet unsentimental first feature is influenced by his own childhood in Iran's Kurdistan. In a remote Kurdish village on the Iran-Iraq border, five motherless children endure hardscrabble lives, as heavily burdened by responsibility and loss as a smuggler's mule. Ayoub (Ayoub Ahmadi) and his young sister, Ameneh (Ameneh Ekhtiar-Dini) work at a bazaar to earn money, while simultaneously caring for their tiny, ill brother, Madi (Mehdi Ekhtiar-Dini), who suffers from a form of dwarfism. When a landmine kills their smuggler father, Ayoub must provide for the family, despite his young age. He joins the smugglers, carrying heavy loads on his back through the snowy mountains toward Iraq, while dodging the constant threat of ambush and mines. Pressure on Ayoub increases as poor Madi's illness worsens. An operation in Iraq is Madi's only hope, yet Ayoub's earnings barely cover the family's necessities. A possible solution arises when the children's eldest sister, Rojin (Rojin Younessi) enters an arranged marriage with an Iraqi, who promises to pay for the operation. With its sparse dialogue, rough settings, and intimate view of Kurdish life, Ghobadi's first feature film is a simply told and very powerful tale.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: October 27, 2000
  • Co-winner of the Camera d'Or at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
  • The film's title refers to the smugglers' practice of mixing their horses' water with alcohol, so the animals will carry their heavy loads in extremely cold weather.
  • Ghobadi used non-actors for the film--all were villagers from Baneh, Iran, where the director was born, and where he shot the film. Some of the children featured are actually from the same family.
  • Ghobadi based the film on the premise he used for an earlier short film, LIFE IN FOG.
  • Godfrey Cheshire of the New York Press voted A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES one of the top ten films of 2000.
  • Director Bahman Ghobadi was nominated for Best Foreign Film by the Independent Spirit Awards.

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  • UPC: 738329072322
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