Ramin Bahrani’s portrait of a Pakistani push cart operator (and former rock star in his native land) in New York City is remarkable in the hypnotic way it observes the main character as he does his job, involving in the twists his life takes during the film’s running time, and affecting in unexpected ways by employing a potential (though unrealized) romance with a lovely young Spanish woman who operates an adjacent cart (Leticia Dolera) and the adoption of a baby kitten. Ahmad Razvi is transfixing as the ordinary everyday character, and the best comparison I can make is to Italian neorealism such as UMBERTO D. and BICYCLE THIEVES. This is a very strong debut.


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