Brutal filmmaking; frequent touches of neo realism and Herzogian intimacy, with mostly diegetic sound and an interloper camera, all brings this intense, if brief, story into an internalized experience.
I am really glad that I saw this movie. Everyone, especially the young people, felt very real. I checked the listing a couple of times to make sure it wasn't a documentary. Because it was simply done, and full of emotions you could really tell how the children cared for each other, especially Madi. I especially liked Ayoub's dedication and the younger sister's mothering. They really acted like real parents.
it is a very sad story, emotionally. And very well portrayed.
But the main reason why I gave 4 stars is because I still do not know how the "players" can "represent" as well with the presence of the camera. Gives a full sense that there is no camera, that the camera is our eyes. That WE who are there.
An unsettling tale of perseverance through unprecedented social pressures, A Time For Drunken Horses tells the story of Iranian youths who cross the treacherous Iraq border on a regular basis to scrape up enough money for their crippled brother to get surgery. I've never seen something so unique and absurd as men liquoring up horses to make such a grueling journey more bearable -- you can't make this up!