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Man Push Cart

Released Sep 8, 2006 1h 26m Drama List
89% Tomatometer 55 Reviews 65% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) is a Pakistani-born cart vendor who sells bagels and coffee in Manhattan, a humble and bleak means of a living that affords him little comfort. In his former life in Pakistan, he was a rock star. He was also married and had a child. Now his wife is dead, his in-laws refuse him visits with his son, and his job is all he seems to have, but he seems content with his fate. However, a chance encounter with a businessman may change Ahmad's fortune -- for better, or worse. Read More Read Less
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This compassionate portrait of a New York City street vendor is as beautiful as it is melancholy.

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Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle A slow-burn stunner, where nothing much of consequence happens, except life itself. Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 4, 2007 Full Review Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle The makers of Man Push Cart seem so dedicated to making a film that defies Hollywood conventions that the finished product lacks enough entertainment value to justify price of admission. Rated: 2/4 Dec 8, 2006 Full Review Lisa Kennedy Denver Post Michael Simmond's cinematography, especially in scenes of Ahmad muscling his way amid evening traffic and early-morning delivery trucks, is wonderfully true to the moods of a city that never sleeps and seldom nods at the hard work going on before it. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 1, 2006 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film Bahrani uses the theme of survival to push the narrative on everyday people who go through similar struggles in the major cities and that it is not just limited to adults. Mar 6, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The Italian neorealism of the 1940s is reconfigured by Iranian-American writer-director Ramin Bahrani. Rated: 3/4 Mar 12, 2021 Full Review James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk a film in the neorealist vein, one of close observation and conviction that brings us into a world that many of those who live in larger cities see every day-right under their eyes-but probably rarely if ever stop to consider. Rated: 3.5/4 Mar 8, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Shioka O It was miserable than I thought. /given that low budget and limited production period, this film has a true indie vibe. Slow-burn and realistic. Nothing fun at all. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review nilufer e Even though it made me be thankful for whatever I have in this world, didn't give me much emotion as I anticipated. Acting was okay and the story was so so. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Man Push Cart -- Viewer Not Care. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Touched by the sight of a Pakistani street vendor towing the titular livelihood on the busy streets of New York City and reminded of Albert Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus, Ramin Bahran's critics' darling at numerous film festivals is a grievous depiction of a man's worthless search for contentment in an absurdly unintelligible world devoid of God and eternal truths. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Nice story for something that can seem so mundane to the rest of us. I wanted a little more though! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This film illustrates a grave portrait of the life of an immigrant, coupled with excellent performances and a genuinely dreadful atmosphere. However, the plot is lackluster, the scene transitions are repetitive, and the film ends up leading you nowhere. A metaphor in many people's eyes, but not in mine. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) is a Pakistani-born cart vendor who sells bagels and coffee in Manhattan, a humble and bleak means of a living that affords him little comfort. In his former life in Pakistan, he was a rock star. He was also married and had a child. Now his wife is dead, his in-laws refuse him visits with his son, and his job is all he seems to have, but he seems content with his fate. However, a chance encounter with a businessman may change Ahmad's fortune -- for better, or worse.
Director
Ramin Bahrani
Producer
Ramin Bahrani
Screenwriter
Ramin Bahrani
Distributor
Films Philos
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 8, 2006, Limited
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 16, 2007
Runtime
1h 26m