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Man Push Cart
Every night while the city sleeps, Ahmad, a former Pakistani rock star turned immigrant, drags his heavy cart along the streets of New York. And every morning, he sells coffee and donuts to a city he cannot call his own. One day, however,the pattern of this harsh existence is broken by a glimmer of hope for a better life.
This was a bit disappointing. Man Push Cart follows a Pakistani coffee & donut seller in New York City. He used to be a famous rockstar in Pakistan, but now struggles with money and life after losing his wife to some unknown reason. He makes shady friends, and just tries to get by. The premise sounds interesting to me, but the execution of it and the lack of any real resolution left me annoyed. The film felt to me very amateurish, it's not a good looking film and the acting was quite terrible. I'm not sure if it was the actors that were bad or the script itself but I felt they tried to hard to sound like every day people. While the story didn't really go anywhere, it has some decent moments that invoke some emotion. Moreover, the event that triggers the ending felt unbelievable and ridiculous to me. It just doesn't made any sense.
Slice of life movie about a musician down on his luck in New York City, wherein a cat symbolises the main character. But no, this isn't exactly Inside Llewyn Davis.
Man Push Cart is the debut film from Ramin Bahrani, and it's super depressing. Not traumatic or shocking, just depressing. It basically flips the entire American Dream premise on it's head, and just shows how crappy life can be, given enough contemplative longing and dwelling on the cyclical tedium and inevitable failure of our existence.
This is a very strong, yet patchy debut from an interesting-looking director, and I'm looking forward to exploring his other films.
It's realism because in real life stories don't go anywhere.
There's something captivating about a Pakistani guy selling donuts and being miserable.
But then it turns out he's some kind of famous pop singer in exile, that his wife died, that he can't see his son, can't find love, gets jerked around by more successful people and even accidentally kills a damned kitten.
I wish there had been more donut selling and general misery, less of that other stuff.
An interesting look into the lives of people we probably don't think about very often. Man Push Cart follows Ahmad, a former rock star in his native Pakistan, as he works in New York pushing around a bagel and coffee stand. Ahmad doesn't seem to have must interest in pursuing his former career in music and instead seems motivated to work hard and be able to reconnect with his son who he lost custody with after his wife's death.
The movie has a very naturalistic feel from the camera work to the performances. Ramin Bahrani is best at establishing a mood and is even better at capturing people's faces. The best parts are when the camera is left to linger…
Una historia... desde las entrañas de NY.
A slow burner that ends on a pretty depressing note. Such is life...
I loved the title. And when I finished the movie, I realized there could have been no other title. And yes, the picture is right. It is about a man pushing his cart. And his life along with it.
This one takes you in slowly, almost indifferently as if it wouldn't matter if you didn't care. Offers you no comforts, no solace, dashes every little hope you build along the way (like we so innocently do when we watch movies, or read stories) and yet leaves you hopeful in the end. It's full of so many everyday moments, awkward and sweet, real and beautiful and sad too. In fact it's made up entirely of real things - hoping hearts, weary…
This film is a pleasant delight from the other films of this type. One could argue that the plot is not very deep or there isn't a lot of deepness to the film and those people would be correct but I must say I enjoyed him and his journey. This film is saying something about the jobs that people get and how they get switched from job to job so quickly. I am curious about his other films but I have hope that I'll enjoy them.
I think lately I've been too inundated with films about the Lonely Man wandering and trying to make it, especially in New York City, so I didn't get out of it what, say, Ebert, did, but the concept is still relevant nonetheless. Sisyphussian and not generous in hope, while still withholding any sociopolitical judgement, it kept me held fast to Admad's world.
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