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Man Push Cart
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 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"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."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Free of contrived melodrama and phony suspense, it ennobles the hard work by which its hero earns his daily bread."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A noble attempt to give us a look at one of the regular people who populate our civilization, one of the guys we may see everyday but would be otherwise totally unfamiliar with."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Fiction, but always with one foot firmly planted in a grim post-9/11 reality, the cast and crew got called terrorists by people passing by the set, and with a visit from the FBI to see if the film set was a coverup to conceal a terrorist plot in progress."
‑ Prairie Miller, Kid Surfer
"A sad, powerful, austere experience of a movie, this is the story of a man who has known profound, compound loss."
‑ Les Wright,
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Ahmad's concerns -- his sadness and his striving -- become universal. Though his early-morning riser's world is gray and threaded with melancholy, it becomes, in the end, a place we recognize."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Although the acting isn't so hot from the non-professional bit part players, Ahmad Ravzi - also a non-professional actor and former push cart seller himself - puts in a stoic and solid performance."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The darkly realistic cinematography of Michael Simmonds gives the film a near-documentary style in its depiction of the endless, physically draining work."
‑ Bruce Dancis, Sacramento Bee
"A sad, honest movie about the day-to-day courage and stoicism of decent people who cling to the lowest rung of the social ladder."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Shot in three weeks, Man Push Cart does a fine job of capturing the bitter flavor of Ahmad's life."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Man Push Cart is a solemn mood piece that hovers somewhere between bittersweet and despairing."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Delivers the grind without sugar and clichés."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Recalling Italian neorealist movies such as The Bicycle Thief, Man Push Cart is a slice of a very sad life."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Man Push Cart, written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, attempts to put a human face on the men (and it is generally men) who work inside these tin boxes."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
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