This story, about smuggling what first worlders would call trash along a dangerous (even then, especially now) Iraq/Iran border is short, quiet and simple.Came out one year b4 9-11, b4 we put our boots in "their" a** and our heads up ours. Even now, almost two decades later, these kids are liable to become "collateral damage"...what gives this film it's heart, and the young Ayoub his motivation, is the crippled Madi,
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!
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.