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Border Café (Café Transit) - Exclusive (2013)

Fereshteh Sarde Orfaei , Parviz Parastoei , Kambozia Partovi  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Fereshteh Sarde Orfaei, Parviz Parastoei
  • Directors: Kambozia Partovi
  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Global Lens
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VAHR6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Border Café (Café Transit) - Exclusive

In a village near Iran's border with Turkey, Reyhan, a young woman with two children, faces a difficult choice when her husband dies. Instead of agreeing to marry her brother-in-law, as required by traditional law, she chooses to support her family by re-opening her late husband's restaurant.

Kambozia Partovia represents Reyhan's struggle for self-sufficiency in a rigidly traditional environment as all too real, and is continuously pressured to move into her brother-in-law's home and become his second wife.

"One of the most enjoyable and original films to come out of Iran in recent years." -UCLA Center for near Eastern Studies

"Partovi has become perhaps Iran's most impressive screenwriting voice, successfully dramatizing a woman's dilemmas." –Variety

Border Café is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Farsi, Greek, Turkish and Russsian with English subtitles.

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Masterful, elegant...Partovi has become perhaps Iran's most impressive screenwriting voice...successfully dramatizing a woman's dilemmas. --Variety

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Strength of a Woman May 27, 2008
Border Café, filmed in 2005 in Iran portrays a widow's challenge to care for herself and her two children. Her battle is with a culture that is not hers and a brother-in-law who fears dishonor.

When her husband dies suddenly, Reyhan is left with a café on the Turkish border. Through familial and cultural obligations, her brother-in-law, Nasser demands that Reyhan become his second wife and he will provide financially.

She resists their cultural traditions and remains determined to become independent and raise the children. She defies Nasser's request to build her a house with him. And, she reopens her husband's café on the Turkish border. She must remain in the background, in the kitchen while another employee waits tables. The café, now a successful gathering place for truckers, competes with Nasser's restaurant closeby.

The characters are very well-acted. Nasser, always with a scowl on his face comes across as combative, frustrated, angry, and fearful of dishonoring his culture. As with good character roles and portrayals, we learn to hate him. The character Reyhan is sweet and we strive for her independence, as we want her to succeed against tradition, culture and authorities. The movie was well-paced, and with its mild suspense, we wonder how often she can overcome those against her.

Director and writer Kambozia Parvoti wanted to share his belief that people can communicate regardless of traditions and culture. The film is about communication. Reyhan communicates and bonds with a teen girl from Russia who is hiding out at the café. Zakario, who is Greek communicates his desire for Reyhan even though they don't speak the same language.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Powerful Performances April 5, 2008
This well written, directed movie does an excellent job of examining the clash between traditional cultural expectations and a widow's determination to maintain independence. Powerful acting and a believable, thought-provoking story make this movie well worth 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One very determined woman... January 11, 2009
By Elish
The story of a widow trying to maintain her independence while resisting the pressure of her late husband's brother to become his second wife. She opens a restaurant on a main route near the Turkish border, and unwittingly wins the heart of a Greek truck driver who falls for her home-cooking. Fans of food movies will enjoy this one. This is one woman in a tough spot who is very determined not to give in...
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