Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Horses' Is Story Of Survival, Love.

Byline: Journal Staff Reports


"A Time for Drunken Horses," Bahman Ghobadi's stunning debut film, strips away the protective layer that separates an audience from the world that unfolds on the screen. We are transported almost bodily into the hardscrabble landscape of a Kurdish mountain village near Iran's border with Iraq.

This is a story of deprivation, a story of survival, but most of all it is a love story. It focuses on three children: Ayoub, his sister Ameneh, and their older brother Madi, who is a crippled dwarf. Their mother is dead, their father is a smuggler, and when he is killed, the kids are pretty much on their own. Madi, with his doll-sized body, hunched back and eyes both childlike and inexpressibly old, needs regular injections and will require an operation to stay alive. …

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