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!
This film tore me apart. Sometimes I felt like I could not continue watching because it was too powerful. If there is such thing as love in this world, then it is captured here perfectly, in all its rigid details.
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.