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The Deserted Station (2003)



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A man and his wife encounter some unanticipated delays en route to a religious shrine in Iranian director Alireza Raisian's 2002 drama The Deserted Station. As he drives his car to the holy city of Mashad, a young photographer applies his trade and snaps photos of various sites and locations. Further down the road, the car breaks down -- forcing the man to walk in search of someone to make the necessary repairs. His wife (Leila Hatami), who has been sleeping most of the trip, awakens and goes with him. Arriving at a nearby village, the husband is directed to the local schoolteacher, who apparently is just as gifted with cars as he is with children and agrees to help. As the two men leave, the wife -- who is a former teacher herself -- wanders into the school building to watch after the children. As the photographer's wife begins forming a genuine bond with the children, the schoolteacher and the photographer also develop a rapport as each teaches the other something about their chosen trades and how those trades relate to the greater good of each man's community. The Deserted Station was selected for inclusion into the 2002 Montreal World Film Festival, with Hatami's performance earning her a Best Actress award from the festival's jury.

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Critic Reviews for The Deserted Station

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It's not often you encounter a film that's simultaneously as tedious and moving as The Deserted Station.

December 11, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Like all of Iranian cinema, Deserted Station is marked by unaffected, neo-realist performances, particularly by Nezam Manouchehri as the testy and uncertain husband, and Leila Hatami as his quietly sad wife.

December 3, 2004

The sweet script, crisp direction and a delightful performance by Leila Hatami, as the sad-eyed wife, should put Deserted Station on your must-see list.

December 3, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4

A poignant parable about the role of women in Islamic society.

December 3, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A bluntly heart-tugging city-mouse, country-mouse fable from Iran.

December 2, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Hardcore Kiarostami devotees may miss the master's harsher clarity, but Hatami, best known for her starring role in Dariush Mehrjui's Leila, makes her character's inner transformation both subtle and palpable.

November 30, 2004 | Full Review…

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