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Incomplete story, and not in a good way,
This review is from: Man Push Cart (DVD)
"Man Push Cart" had so much potential, but I feel like the story of the man was left unfinished, and not in a good way. You find out that an immigrant from Pakistan runs a cart in a New York City street corner, that he was once a famous rock star in his hometown Lahore, that his wife is dead, and that his mother-in-law hates him. But you never find out "why". Why did he end up in the US doing something a rock star in Lahore would never be doing? Why doesn't he take up a better job when someone offered it to him? Why is his wife's death connected with his present experience?
And because you never get these answers, it's hard to relate to the character. Heck, I'm a Pakistani immigrant to the US, and I couldn't even relate to him! It was also disappointing that he didn't even show any sign of musical talent, even though he was supposedly a rock star. I realize that this is an independent film, with a much smaller budget compared to those of Hollywood movies, but even an independent film should have enough substance that the audience can understand his motives. This film just didn't have that substance. The only time I felt empathy towards him was when something bad happened to him towards the end.
The movie makes a point that some immigrants were wealthy, highly educated, or in this case, famous in their native country, and they may have to start over as a "nobody" once they step foot on American soil. While that is a good message, a good movie would show us a lot more than this cliché.