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Man Push Cart ()

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featuring Ahmad Razvi, Leticia Dolera, Charles Daniel Sandoval, Ali Reza, Farooq "Duke" Mohammad

A former Pakistani rock star attempts to adjust to life in New York City while simultaneously making friends and selling coffee from a push cart on ... Show synopsis

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riverrun

The Melting of the Heart

by riverrun on Jul 30, 2009

"Man Push Cart" has an Ozu-like quiet, modesty and unsentimental empathy for its characters who scuffle resolutely on the margins. The life is a hustle. In midtown Manhattan, Ahmad sells coffee and bagels from his push cart to New Yorkers grabbing a quick bite on the way to work, so there's a passing familiarity and anonymity to his job, perhaps fitting for a Pakistani immigrant who has a secret past. Ahmad Razi delivers a beautifully understated, naturalistic performance. In the course of his days, he befriends a successful fellow Pakistani who hires him to moonlight, a Spanish immigrant Noemi who works at a newstand, and attempts to reunite with his estranged son. Director Ramin Bahrani plays the drama out so quietly and effectively that it constitutes a sort of miracle. In addition, the cinematography exquisitely captures an urban night-world of immigrant workers, flickering traffic light, the glassy exteriors of chic midtown boutiques. Stephen Frears' "Dirty Pretty Things" is likely the only contemporary film that documents this subculture as well. Subtly, "Man Push Cart" will melt your heart.

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