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Café Transit (2005)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Reyhan
... 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
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In the wake of her husband's death, headstrong widow Reyhan (Fereshtei Sadre Orafaei) longs to re-open his successful border cafe, despite rigid social standards that explicitly discourage her from doing so. Isolated from her friends and neighbours for her fervent efforts to resurrect the business, Reyhan also faces pressure from her conservative brother-in-law Nasser (Parviz Parastoei) who longs to take Reyhan as his second wife. Despite Nasser's vengeful efforts to break Reyhan's spirits and put her out of business, Reyhan's culinary skills soon begin drawing in a healthy clientele that includes kindly Greek trucker Zakariyo (Nikolas Padapopoulis), whose relationship with the determined restauranteur may provide an exit from her current crisis. Written by IMVBox.com

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

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Border Café  »

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

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Widow Reyhan Wants More Out of Life than Sheepish Submission.
17 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

............................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA 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!

9*....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!.....KissEnglishPasto@Yahoo.com


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