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  • Summary: When the youngest boy of a destitute Iranian Kurdish family suffers from a terminal illness, his young siblings struggle to pay for a life-saving operation. (Shooting Gallery)
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
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  1. The tale is simply told but stunningly photographed and superbly acted in the best tradition of modern Iranian cinema.
  2. The nonprofessional cast of Bahman Ghobadi's remarkable, slow, rough edged feature reveals a simple, piercing grimness and determination framed by the gray, icy landscape of Iranian Kurdistan.
  3. 90
    It simultaneously wows you with the stark beauty of its images, a beauty that leads to another, related kind of truth that is equally crucial. It's not to be missed.
  4. The real hero here is Ghobadi, whose love and respect for the culture in which he was raised shines through every frame.
  5. 75
    Brief, spare and heartbreaking.
  6. Because of its relentlessness, its crawling pace (the 77 minutes pass like 2 1/2 hours) and its sometimes confusing story, A Time for Drunken Horses may not be for every taste, but it's still an affecting, and in its way beautiful, movie.
  7. In Bahman Ghobadi's heart-tugger about Kurdish orphans, those wide eyes are too often used as a manipulative device.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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