Man Push Cart

Man Push Cart

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Cast: Ahmad Razvi, Leticia Dolera, Charles Daniel Sandoval

     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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 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.

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The title of Ramin Bahrani's first feature gives a good preview of the neo-neorealist approach that would soon become synonymous with his work. Using the simple, non-grammatical speech patterns you might ascribe to a caveman, the title Man Push Cart cuts through to the basic, non-sexy quality of most working people's lives, which consist primarily of Sisyhpean tasks like pushing a breakfast cart between three distinct locations. Bahrani's intention is to peer into these lives without judgment, pity or intervention, an artistic goal that endures in such follow-up features as Chop Shop and Goodbye Solo. The Iranian-American director also has the prototypical immigrant experience on his mind; his main character is Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi), a Pakistani rock singer who achieved some fame in his home country, but whose professional goals have shifted radically since arriving in New York. Bahrani's preference for minimalism makes the mundane details of Ahmad's life fascinating; even the morning light reflecting off his cart's metal paneling has its own particular beauty. But this minimalism fails Bahrani in terms of fleshing out his characters. The idea of exposition for exposition's sake is entirely foreign to him, but the problem is that he goes halfway -- he makes his characters accessible enough that we understand their basic attitudes and personalities, but leaves out important pieces of their personal histories, as though giving an exact explanation of what's ailing them might be heavy-handed, might make the film resemble some piece of melodrama that's already in our collective consciousness. This is especially true of a crucial trauma in Ahmad's past. The director's approach deemphasizes the value of catharsis, and therefore leaves the ending of Man Push Cart feeling incomplete. Viewed not as an ending to this particular story, but rather, a beginning to Bahrani's career, it becomes a lot more exciting.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
UPC:
0741952313694
Original Release:
2005
Source:
Koch Lorber Films
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
56,905

Special Features

Audio commentary with Director Bahrani, cinematographer Michael Simmonds, assistant director Nicholas Elliott and actor Ahmad Ravzi; Original theatrical trailer; Short films by the director ("Bad Reception" with Lisa Bonet, "Dogs")

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ahmad Razvi Ahmad
Leticia Dolera Noemi
Charles Daniel Sandoval Mohammad
Ali Reza Manish
Farooq "Duke" Mohammad Actor,Duke
Upendran Paniker Noori
Arun Lal Father-In-Law
Razia Mujahid Mother-In-Law
Hassan Razvi Ahmad's Son
Mustafa Razvi Pakistini Driver
Altaf Houssein Altaf
Bill Lewis Final Customer
Abdelrahma Abdelaziz Friend at Bar
Ronak Ricky Patel Newsstand Worker
Shaana Diya Club Worker
Bhavana Toor Ahmad's Wife
Adrian Quezada Ahmad's Baby
Atif Muhammad Mirza Atif the Stab Victim
Rao Hui Verterinarian
Issam Abdelkader Push Cart Garage Owner
Qamar Bukhari Guy In Karaoke,Guys In Karaoke
Asim Mujahid Guy In Karaoke,Guys In Karaoke
Mousa Kraish Guy In Karaoke,Guys In Karaoke
Mariam Sologashvili Customer
Thomas Russo Customer,Customers
Marcus Bonnée Customer
Paul Ross Customers
Paul Ross Customer
Darryl Meadows Customer,Customers
Linda K. Alexis Customer,Customers
Damita Spencer Customer,Customers
Katherine Boyle Customer,Customers
David Boyle Customer,Customers
Edward Harper Customer,Customers
Ana Brzova Girl Outside Club
Katharyn Yew Karaoke Waitress
Cynthia Martin Girl In Limo,Girls In Limo
Sybil Prince Girl In Limo,Girls In Limo
Nicholas Elliot Falafel Customer

Technical Credits
Ramin Bahrani Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Brian Bell Co-producer
Bedford Tate Bentley Producer
Scott Booth Executive Producer
Charles Dafler Art Director
Tom Donahue Co-producer
Nicholas Elliott Art Director
Nicholas Frayn Production Manager
Chris Gebert Sound Mixer
Pradip Ghosh Producer
Anura Idupuganti Co-producer
Vinay Jayaram Executive Producer
Elena Kouvaros Costumes/Costume Designer
Sanjay Motwani Executive Producer
Lisa Muskat Executive Producer
Steve Sabba Executive Producer
Abigail Savage Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Simmonds Cinematographer
Sandra Trujillo Musical Direction/Supervision
Peyman Yazdanian Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Man Push Cart
1. Intro [5:30]
2. The Man [6:03]
3. Morning Prep [1:59]
4. Friendship [3:51]
5. Painting [7:21]
6. Party Night [4:43]
7. Noemi [10:21]
8. Reprise [4:34]
9. Retreat [7:35]
10. Visiting My Son [4:05]
11. In a Box [3:49]
12. Kiss [9:28]
13. Cart Gets Away [5:47]
14. Negotiations [5:55]
15. Back in Business [3:22]
16. Credits [2:13]

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