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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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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.Read more ›
Something not to do, being independent and having any relationship (even very platonic) for a man.
The tradition in that country for a widow is to marry the husband's brother and be wife #2. Since she refuses, the brother in law will do anything to close the café.
Its central theme is the role of women in male dominated societies. Its heroine, Reyhan, has just become a widow, with two small children to take care of. Her deceased husband's brother Nasser, offers, in the local tradition of that part of Iran to look after her by taking her as his second wife. Reyhan, however, is very independent and, spurning Nasser's offer, decides instead to re open her husband's truck stop café. This puts her in direct competition with Nasser, who owns a much bigger truck stop restaurant. As her café builds up customers, the tension between her and Nasser rises particularly when a Greek truck driver takes a liking to Reyhan.
What makes this movie stand out is Reyhan's skills cooking and the way it is conveyed to the audience. Great acting all around. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My oh my, what women have to go through in other parts of the world. The movie showed the courage and endurance of the female lead in dealing with a patriarchal society.
A widow refuses to marry her husband's brother and intends to run his cafe herself. She's an interesting character who avoids confrontation but still insists own her way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Four Bears
Being a women in a patriarchal dominated society is very difficult.Published 6 months ago by pilarwz