52. A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES
 
Iran
dir. Bahman Ghobadi
world premiere 2000
U.S. release 2000

 

 
Because since the 90s, the best Iranian films about children have rarely been the same films as the devastating, politically inflected tragedies, but Drunken Horses furnishes an unforgettable overlap. When a film about a cute, disabled child foregoes almost any ounce of easy sentiment, you know you're watching something special.