A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)

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Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Cast: Ayoub Ahmadi, Roujin Younesi, Ameneh Ekhtiari

Synopsis

Orphaned Kurdish children living in a mountain village near the Iranian border with Iraq attempt to pay for a lifesaving operation for their younger brother, in one case by smuggling goods across the border on mules tanked up with booze to withstand the cold.

The Review

Uncompromisingly open-ended (and openly begun), this loving portrait of a stout people doggedly shares the childrens' viewpoint all the way. One cannot be sure how much this was due to practical constraints, which must have been severe, but as often from such necessities the dividends are manifest. A film about the dignity of humankind in adversity.