7.5/10
1,673
4 user 9 critic

Border Café (2005)

Café Transit (original title)
"Cafe Transit" depicts an independent-minded widow who bucks tradition to run her dead husband's truck stop café.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Dr. Alam, a very profiled specialist in neurology and a successful surgeon, is drowned in his professional and social work, in a way that he has totally forgotten all about his son Saman. ... See full summary »

Director: Reza Mirkarimi
Stars: Afshin Hashemi, Elham Hamidi, Ashkan Khatibi
Low Heights (2002)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia
Stars: Hamid Farokhnezhad, Leila Hatami, Gohar Kheirandish
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Fifteen year old Taraneh, whose widowed father is in jail, refuses the unwanted attentions of carpet salesman Amir - until Amir's mother talks Taraneh into accepting Amir's marriage ... See full summary »

Director: Rasoul Sadrameli
Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Hossein Mahjoub, Mahtab Nasirpour
Mum's Guest (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A mother of a poor family, has guests coming over, yet doesn't know how to get the dinner party altogether with limited resources.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui
Stars: Golab Adineh, Roya Alemi, Amin Hayayee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before?

Director: Majid Majidi
Stars: Parviz Parastui, Roya Taymourian, Afarin Obeisi
Leila (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Leila and Reza meet in a kind of celebration and fall for each other. Having discovered their love, they get married soon only to find out the infertility of Leila. That's when Reza's ... See full summary »

Director: Dariush Mehrjui
Stars: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Jamileh Sheikhi
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The Glass Agency is the story of a war veteran living in post war Iran. It depicts veterans who are suffering from social problems after the war. Society does not understand them and the ... See full summary »

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia
Stars: Parviz Parastui, Reza Kianian, Habib Rezaei
Adventure | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During the Iran-Iraq war, a television cinematographer, having financial problems, needs to get a loan from the TV to complete his half-built flat so one of his colleagues suggests him ... See full summary »

Director: Kamal Tabrizi
Stars: Parviz Parastui, Mahmud Azizi, Shohreh Lorestani
M for Mother (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

What appears to be a grand love story turns sour when parents-to-be discover that their unborn child will likely be born with serious birth defects, as a result of the mother's exposure to ... See full summary »

Director: Rasool Mollagholi Poor
Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Hosein Yari, Jamshid Hashempur
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tomorrow is an important day for Amir. He had participated in an international architecture competition to win the competition with foreign companies. His wife ,Tahereh (Hengameh Ghaziani),... See full summary »

Director: Reza Mirkarimi
Stars: Safa Aghajani, Parvaneh Ahmadi, Ahmad Akeshteh
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

This is about a father and his daughter who has been injured from the mines from Iran-Iraq war.

Director: Ebrahim Hatamikia
Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Kambiz Dirbaz, Kazem HajirAzad
Mother (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

How a mother acts in the hardest parts of her, and her children's lives.

Director: Ali Hatami
Stars: Rogheyeh Chehreh-Azad, Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farimah Farjami
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy ...
Reyhan
Parviz Parastui ...
Nasser
Nikos Papadopoulos ...
Zakario
Svieta Mikalishina ...
Svieta
Vantzos Konstantinos ...
(as Vanchos Constantin)
Esmail Soltanian ...
Oujan
Jafar Vahabpour ...
Karim
Rana Karmanshahi ...
Leila
Zahra Jalilzadeh ...
Sara
Mehtab Talebi ...
Zoleykhah
Teli Ghanimati
Telebe Kazem Shayani
Serie Aghdami
Roya Zare
Hoseyn Mahmodzadeh
Edit

Storyline

An independently-minded Iranian widow and mother flouts tradition by re-opening her late husband's Europe/Asia border café in this socially-oriented drama from director Kambozia Partovi. In the wake of her husband's death, Reyhan (Fereshtei Sadre Orafaei) longs to re-open her late spouse's café despite rigid social standards that explicitly discourage her from doing so. Isolated from her friends and neighbors for her headstrong efforts to get the business back on her feet, Reyhan also faces pressure from her conservative brother-in-law Nasser (Parviz Parastoei) -- who longs to take Reyhan as his second wife as permitted by custom. Despite Nasser's vengeful efforts to break Reyhan's spirit and put her out of business, Reyhan's culinary skills soon begin drawing a healthy clientèle that includes kindly Greek trucker Zakariyo (Nikolas Padapopoulis); whose relationship with the determined restaurateur may provide an exit from her current crisis. Written by Kaaveh

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An Iranian Woman, Her brother in law, a Russian girl, a Greek man and a Border Cafe.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

3 November 2005 (Iran)  »

Also Known As:

Border Café  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Selected as Iran's submission in the Best Foreign Film category for the 2006 Oscars (Won over "Chaharshanbe-soori"). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Widow Reyhan Wants More Out of Life than Sheepish Submission.
17 October 2013 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA...and ORLANDO, FL

Tradition and Bureaucracies are like glaciers: They grind along at a snail's pace, gradually burying, pulverizing and obliterating anything that stands in their path!...Well, ALMOST anything. Some mountains are tall enough and solid enough to withstand any glacier. Border Café aka Café Transit, is a film about one such mountain. Her name is Reyhan.

Upon becoming a widow, it seems she is expected to become like a child again, sheepishly submit to the will of her brother-in-law, become his second wife and assimilate completely and obediently into his family. Reyhan wants more out of life. Despite an orchestrated confluence of people and factors designed to force her into submission, she never caves. "Café" does have its glacier-paced moments, but they do contribute well to the mood, tone and certain inevitable realities of events in the film. Without any spoiler details, I found "Café's" final scene somewhat enigmatic and simultaneously amazing. It has been resonating in my brain since yesterday. Now I wish I had viewed it again before returning it!....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!

KissEnglishPasto@Yahoo.com


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
help with the ending tatararabuga
DVD Release? waywardastronaut
Slice of Life grhmb
Discuss Border Café (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?