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also known as Café Transit

Border Cafe2005

  • 4.4
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.

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2 members like this review

I enjoyed this movie very much. I loved hearing Farsi, Russian, Greek, Turkish - the medley of languages. The story was captivating.

Member Reviews (9)

I enjoyed this movie very much. I loved hearing Farsi, Russian, Greek, Turkish - the medley of languages. The story was captivating.

2 members like this review

Excellent. Absolutely wonderful, simple tale. Please watch.

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top reviewer

This truly is an international film that takes place in a border town on the Iranian side, in a truck stop restaurant. The story is about a widow's struggle to keep her independence and raise her children alone after her Iranian husband has died. And just like what you'd encounter in a border town, many cultures, languages, attitudes converge. It's a contemporary story, but the cultural issues are ever relevant. Traditions and honor clash with personal will and self-determination, and the woman bears the brunt of this.

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top reviewer

Very good!

just so powerful, acting is even surpassed by the food and comfort of the cafe

A film with a feminist edge in the familiar Iranian tradition of veiled critique. I look forward to have a woman director's perspective represented as well.

Great story. Simply filmed so that the power of the story is played bare. Loved the music.

Eye opener with delightful moments.

wonderful film