Man Push Cart (2006) Dir. Ramin Bahrani

Posted: December 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

Man Push Cart is a movie that revolves around an ordinary man who is trying to find a living. In the film we discover a clear character development of Ahmad, a poor Pakistani living on the streets of New York selling bagels and coffee in a vender. However, he gets offered with all the chances but ironically rejects or fails to cherish them. Throughout the movie there is not a lot of dialogue and the emotions and feelings are all expressed by action. We find out through the movie that Ahmad is really poor and craving for money in order to survive. He has to push his own cart through the streets while the others might have a car. We also discover how small and unhygienic his environment at the apartment that he barely has money to pay the rent. As an audience we want to find out more about this character and how he ended up this way.

This movie is created with so many hidden symbols that help show the life of Ahmad. He spends his days trapped around a cart box rejecting all the chances of being free. We find out that his wife died and the cart that he spends his life in reminds himself of her and the sticker of a dinosaur that he kept since she was alive. The cat that appears in the film symbolises the conclusion of his life and Ahmad himself. Ahmad takes the cat and puts it in a box just like how he is stuck in a cart himself. Although the cat tries to jump out in reach for freedom just like how Ahmad was given the chance to be free, he puts the cat back into the box. Later on the cat finally dies which is a hint to Ahmad if he continues to stay in the box, he will eventually die alone too. The gas tank that he likes to carry around to every place he goes even outside of working hours symbolises the trouble and problems he has in his life also connected to his wife. The cart also symbolises the happy memories that he had with his wife which also gets stolen. The reason of it being stolen was to test if Ahmad will forget the past or not. He also was given chances to start a new life with Noemi enters his life and also business-wise with Mohammad. Ahmad clearly cannot forget the past and live with present instead, he chooses to live with the past.

The story clearly shows the detailed life of an American immigrant who struggles to live and face the world. It is constructed with a number of simple shots and not so much dialogue. Personally i do like this movie as we can learn many things from it.

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