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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.
Oh, my aching back. There's got to be a better way to move a cart through the streets of Manhattan, then doubled over pulling at a trailer jack. Just watching Ahmad day after day, makes me want to stand up and stretch and walk around for a little bit. Couldn't he fashion an extender, so he's at least standing upright, or why not use some kind of rope harness, to distribute the weight?
There are a lot of times during the film, I want to ask him why. Why not sing? Why not sell your own music, instead of cheap porno flicks? Why walk away from jobs that will help you get a better apartment, so you can be with…
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.
Ramin Bahrani's debut is almost Dardennesque in tone..The story is simple..Expats will definitely identify with this premise.
Simply executed but absolutely compelling to watch.
It's realism because in real life stories don't go anywhere.
Second time. A lovely, simple movie.
You gotta respect the natural realism. This never tries to be a MOVIE (big, glitzy, Hollywood) so much as a portrait, a slice of down-on-luck, stranded and trying life. In that, it's effective. But by so consciously avoiding traditional blockbuster drama, it does sometimes get dull. The rags-to-riches backstory is SO under-told and left me curious and disatisfied.
Brahani is a director with vision and his passion is apparent in every film he makes. "Man Push Cart" while it lacks the budget, it has the heart to overcompensate for it.
We watch a few days in the life of Ahmad, a Pakistani trying to make it in New York while selling coffee. It's a simple story that relies on its characters to carry it though.
It's a strong realistic movie, that accurately portrays the struggles of the working class people (a theme in all of Bahrani's movies).
It's been a while, but I remember Bahrani's Chop Shop as being an unspectacular but decent enough stab at Americanized, Dardennes-lite social realism. This, his debut, is very much in the same mold but is an altogether less assured, less successful film. It works best when Bahrani focuses on purely incidental, pseudo-documentary moments, because whenever he attempts something more conventionally narrative his inexperience as a director is painfully obvious. The acting (by what I assume was a nonprofessional cast) is often stilted, and the script's more "dramatic" turns are rather clunky and contrived. It should tell you something when a kitten gives a film's most convincing performance.
To be fair, the type of unfettered "naturalism" Bahrani strives for is actually…
Man Push Cart. The title implies a simplicity of life but sometimes, simplicity does not mean contentment or ease. Man Push cart was written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, who states that he was inspired by the myth of Sisyphus, the Albert Camus story of a man who constantly pushes a stone uphill, only to see it fall back down as he nears the top. Man Push Stone. It is a tale of persistence but also frustration, monotony and hard labour. In the end, though, considering his pathos...what else can he do?
The entire film seems to be grey – it is shot in pre-dawn New York, it is done in a documentary style but is of itself not a…
Simply executed but absolutely compelling to watch.
So simple, but it works so well. I was really impressed withe the cinematography. We see everything either in a close up or in telephoto from a distance. The close ups communicate a crampedness that really works for the story, especially considering its location. The long shots all look like a scene we could see walking down the opposite side of the street.
Demoré 10 años para verla.
"Man push cart" es una honesta y demoledora historia. Fácilmente pudiera entrar entre las 10 ó 20 películas más tristes que he visto en mi vida.
Entiendo que es el segundo largo de Ramin Bahrani, pero se le considera su ópera prima. Bahrani es también el director de "Goodbye Solo", "Chop Shop" y la reciente "99 homes".
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
Gonna try and watch a bunch of these as preparation for my upcoming college-term.