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 the streets of Manhattan in Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani poignant, character-driven drama. By day Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) tends to hurried Manhattan-ites by keeping their bellies full and ...Read MoreA 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 the streets of Manhattan in Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani poignant, character-driven drama. By day Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) tends to hurried Manhattan-ites by keeping their bellies full and ensuring that they are adequately caffeinated, and by night he supplements his income by selling bootleg porn DVDs. Though Ahmad hopes to one day raise enough money to purchase a place of his own and reunite with his estranged son, times are tough in the city and the hard-working immigrant soon strikes up a tentative friendship with fellow countryman Mohammed (Charles Daniel Sandoval); a generous but sometimes condescending soul who readily takes the fledgling New Yorker under his knowing wing while offering additional work decorating his apartment. Spanish immigrant Noemi (Leticia Dolera) works at a newsstand near Ahmad's cart, and also finds herself warming to the haunted former rock-star's timid ways. As Ahmad, Mohammed, and Noemi gradually begin to socialize together, a tragedy in Ahmad's past soon prompts the struggling New York newcomer to question the true nature of his current relationships. Jason Buchanan, RoviRead Less
Mustafa Razvi, Hassan Razvi, Razia Mujahid, Arun Lal, Panicker Upendran, Farooq 'Duke' Muhammad, Ali Reza, Charles Daniel... Good. 2005 Run time: 87. Connecting viewers with great movies since 1972. All used discs are inspected and guaranteed. Used discs may not include digital content. Customer service is our top priority!
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Ahmad Razvi, Leticia Dolera, Charles Daniel Sandoval, Ali Reza, Farooq. Very good in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 86 mins. Aspect ratio: 16: 9. Originally released: 2006. DVD and case are flawless; includes insert. I wish I could keep this DVD as I am a big fan of Bahrani, but unfortunately I don t have a region 2 player.
"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.