Man Push Cart
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Man Push Cart tells the story of Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi), a former Pakistani rock singer who ekes out a living selling coffee and donuts to morning commuters from his push cart in Midtown Manhattan. Ahmad supplements his income by selling bootleg porn DVDs, carefully saving his money to afford a place where he might be able to live with his estranged young son. It is a harsh, often humiliating life, but Ahmad carries on with a stoic dignity and sensitivity, seemingly determined to find his way. Then the dull routine of his life is brightened by two developments: the arrival of a young Spanish woman (Leticia Dolera) working down the street in a newspaper kiosk; and an offer of assistance from a wealthy fellow Pakistani (Charles Daniel Sandoval), who remembers Ahmad's former life as a rock star. While Ahmad strives to pursue these two new possibilities at a better life, the film returns regularly to the act of him setting up his cart in the early morning darkness: his preparations for opening, the other immigrant.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 48
- Fresh: 42
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi), the Pakistani immigrant who is the protagonist of Ramin Bahrani's Man Push Cart, goes through a Sisyphean daily grind.
Fresh: The writer-director, Ramin Bahrani, is a natural-born filmmaker who captures how the banal physical details of manning a pushcart could come to define a life.
Fresh: It's by no means an exaggeration to describe this quietly powerful film as Bressonian.
Fresh: As a rhythmic cry for understanding, Man Push Cart has the simplicity of an Islamic hamd call to prayer.