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The Path (2005)
"Arahet" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  September 2005 (USA)
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A surreal drama where the worldwide problem of emigration is summarized.


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Credited cast:
Harutyun Movsisyan
Ashot Adamyan
Armen Elbakyan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vladimir Abajyan ...
Zhanetta Chase ...
Indian Friend
Karen Dzhanibekyan ...
Levon's father
Ani, Sona (as Narine Lalayan)
Margo Muradyan ...


The main theme of ARAHET is emigration, a huge worldwide problem of many nations. There are a lot of emotional psychological solutions in the film concerning friendship, love, patriotism, human relations and other issues. An Armenian guy Avetik by name who lives in the USA, once finds a small path near a huge high-speed freeway. A path which takes him straight to his motherland. This is the dream of any emigrant... The further development of this surreal drama is a conflict between the present and the past, real friendship and relationships, love and disappointment. The realities of modern American life are relieved in the movie through the conversations of Los Angeles taxi-cab passengers of different backgrounds. This is a movie good not only for national but also international audience. Written by Anonymous

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USA and immigration
7 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie deals with an immigrant's sad story. The hero is transferred back and forth to his home country realizing that he has left his soul over there but struggles to stay in USA as there is little choice left for him anyway.

While driving on a Hollywood highway, he finds a narrow path that takes him straight to Armenia, his home country. He goes and comes back but his friends naturally don't believe his story.

Eventually he realizes that being a taxi driver in Hollywood is better than being called a "starving" intellectual at home.

A story of friendship with an American woman, other immigrant's' problems, changed habits in USA, hardship in home country, all sum up in a little bit long, slow-moving movie. There is some preaching, direct messages which I think hinder the effect of this movie. Out of the many notions, symbolic camera shots, the idea of "missing homeland" is most striking. Dual belonging creates an ongoing conflict within the mind of the immigrant and makes him less happy even if he earns enough money to live a god life and support his beloved ones.

Also the affair (or love)with the American woman (Jina) doesn't seem realistic and is done in a demonstrative and artificial way. I did not understand why only him out of many immigrants was able to take the path (Arahet) and reach his the end he loses the path, this time around he sees the exact area where he is standing (somewhere in California).

Anyway, on average it is a good, low-budget movie, a bit different than the usual Hollywood movies, Janetta Chase as Jina was OK, with few acting scenes, the main actor was not bad either. I gave it 8/10.

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