In Farsi with English
subtitles.Great Picture Quality (Iran's
2007 Oscar submission)
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 an independent woman and, spurning Nasser's
offer, decides instead to re-open her husband's unsuccessful
diner. This puts her in direct competition with Nasser, who owns
a much bigger and successful diner. As her diner gradually
builds up a fervent following, the tension between her and
Nasser rises; particularly when a Greek truck driver takes a
liking to Reyhan.
Cafe Transit is full of interesting characters and situations.
It is the feature film debut for famed Iranian screen writer
Kamobozia Partovi (The Circle, Taraneh Who is 15 Years Old).
Fereshteh Sadr Orfani (Partovi's real life wife) is outstanding
as Reyhan (she won a best actress award from Tehran
International Film Festival) and the leading Iranian actor of
the cuکافه ترانزیتrrent Iranian cinema,
Parviz Parastoui, is, as usual, excellent. What really separates
Cafe Transit from other worthwhile Iranian movies is
the way it depicts Reyhan's skills at cooking and transfers the
appreciation of her cooking to the audience without us even
tasting the food! Don't miss this movie.
minutes Type: Drama Language: In Persian with English
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