Man Push Cart

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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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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.

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (6)

  • 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.

    December 8, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 1, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Shot in three weeks, Man Push Cart does a fine job of capturing the bitter flavor of Ahmad's life.

    December 1, 2006 | Rating: B
  • Free of contrived melodrama and phony suspense, it ennobles the hard work by which its hero earns his daily bread.

    October 20, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 19, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Man Push Cart is a solemn mood piece that hovers somewhere between bittersweet and despairing.

    October 13, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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  • Jan 31, 2013
    Immigrant finds life in the greatest city in the world less than advertised in this blah telling of one soul's dismal discovery of real life here. You're gonna need to be desperate to make it through this.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2009
    Awesome movie but a lousy ending
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Man Push Cart," Ahmad(Ahmad Razvi) spends the pre-dawn hours dragging his push cart through the cavernous avenues of Manhattan to his appointed corner where he serves coffee and bagels to commuters. At night, he makes the long trek back to Brooklyn, dragging along a propane tank. While buying cigarettes, he finds Noemi(Leticia Dolera), who is from Spain, manning the newsstand. And a fellow Pakistani, Mohammad(Charles Daniel Sandoval), recognizes Ahmad as a once famous singer from nis native Lahore...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Eschewing any kind of overt politics, writer-director Ramin Bahrani with "Man Push Cart" manages to deftly tell a sober tale about immigrants in post 9/11 New York by showing the city from their vantage point.(I am left wondering how he pulled off some of the shots in the movie.) To him, the immigrants are its backbone, especially Ahmad who works long hours unnoticed, serving up the lifeblood of the city. For once, repetitiveness works, giving a clear indication of what his life is like over the long haul.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2008
    A micro budget movie about a Pakistani immigrant working at a coffee stand on the streets of New York. Almost the definition of a "sundancy" movie, the film is a neat little slice of life. The film basically just follows this character over the course of a week and see his struggles. Throughout the film there's a real tension the viewer can't quite put their finger on, you just know something bad is going to happen but you've gotten to know this guy so well that you can hardly bear to watch. The film is marred by it's low budget, one can tell that a number of the supporting characters are played by amateurs and a few scenes supposedly set in a nightclub look like they were shot in someone's garage. Otherwise this is a very compelling independent movie.
    MJS M Super Reviewer

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