In the face of a dark destiny, we can only admire those who go on, no matter what the odds. Perhaps when you have next to nothing your family becomes all-important, though the kinship bonds here seen to weaken quickly outside the immediate family circle. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Don Wallace, a student at the boarding school Slaughterhouse, faces the arcane rules of the establishment when a new threat emerges and the tenants of the school engage in a bloody battle for survival. But thankfully these characters are periphery.
The youngest of a destitute Kurdish family has a terminal illness, and his young siblings struggle to pay for a life-saving operation. The movie starts strongly, never lets go and moves you to the deepest. The father has died in a landmine accident and the step-mother is away leaving the children in the hands of an already burdened uncle with eight children of his own. But the girl is traumatized by a cruel raid in her home, when her parents were murdered and she was raped. Add to that that these were all amateur actors and you end up with something from the heart that has a lot of depth.
. Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Again a passage over the mountains into Iraq ensues. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of a catastrophe - while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. A well made foreign film has a great chance to make it to the American film market but that doesn't mean that it is a good movie.
A Cannes Film Festival award winner, the story focuses on Little Ayoub, the eldest brother of a family of five siblings. You may think you've seen it before, but this wrenching first feature by Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi is truly in a class by itself. The larger message is perhaps in code. Ameneh and Madi are probably brother-and-sisters in real life, because they have the same last name, Ekhtiar-dini. When a director's first film wins Camera d'Or at Cannes, there is a good reason why you need to see it.
The hero here is 12 year old Ayoub, who has to follow in his father's footsteps after the death of his father on a smuggling trip. Life is particularly hard for children who have also to work for a living either wrapping up objects in the towns or carrying heavy packages on their shoulder or conducting mules carrying them across the border in the middle of the harshest weather conditions and a hostile landscape, to be sold on the other side. Advertisement His visual style is documentary. There's the cinemaphotography, so perfectly lit and composed you might as well be standing there. This is not a movie that will get a wide release, its name does not inspire confidence, but if it is found, it is a pearl of great price.
The acting of the main children is very convincing, the direction captures the beauty of Iran as well as the sheer grind of the characters' lives and the film is mostly interesting. Meanwhile Ameneh is diligently studying in school and learning about faraway things, like the wonders of airplanes. Just because a book is grammatically correct and follows the required structure to a T does not mean it is enjoyable. The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy the owner hatches a plan to use the ransom money as reinvestment in the factory. In 1999, teenage sisters Celeste and Eleanor survive a seismic, violent tragedy.
While it is not suited for the audience looking for a pop corn film, nor is it meant to appease or please, it does have moments that will stay with you. This situations here become so extreme and never redeeming that it is hard not to view the whole film as a ploy to garner cheap tears from its viewers. An Iranian film about poor children trying to survive in the face of unimaginable adversity? So their truck is impounded, and the kids have to walk the rest of the way back to their home village. There're a lot for the western film industry to learn from the iranian films. The film derives its title from the mules that are given alcohol so they'll traverse the snowy terrain. The players, though all amateurs were perfect.
The film was shot on location in the rugged mountains of Kurdistan with local, nonprofessional actors who were essentially playing themselves. Now I will think of little Madi peering out to see what luck he can expect today. An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Would you want to watch a car wreck happen for eighty minutes? After a last day of fighting, and of good-byes to family, to love making, and to music, a handful of doomed survivors wade into the city's underground sewers in hopes of escape. More information : a-time-for-drunken-horses crew: Produced, written and directed by Bahman Ghobadi. Indeed there are five credited cast members in the film with that last name. Furthermore, these children continue to make moral choices.
By 2017, Celeste is a mother to a teenage daughter of her own and is struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention. The movie is beautifully filmed; lyrical, yet intense. However when you take a look at the plot, it doesn't actually fit with the film's aim of realism. Little Ayoub, the eldest brother of a family of three sisters and two brothers, is wrapping glasses in newspaper. Until that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts and that it is never too late for a second act.