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Border Cafe
Border Cafe
Actors: Parviz Parastoei, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaei, Nikolas Padapopoulos, Esobeta Mikhailishina, Esmiel Soltanian
Director: Kambozia Partovi
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2007     1hr 45min

Border Café is the "masterful, elegant" (Variety) film by Kambozia Partovi that examines the problems facing women in contemporary Iranian society. Partovi, one of Iran's most accomplished screenwriters, penned the screenp...  more »


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Actors: Parviz Parastoei, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaei, Nikolas Padapopoulos, Esobeta Mikhailishina, Esmiel Soltanian
Director: Kambozia Partovi
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/20/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

The Strength of a Woman
Rizzo | Denver, CO | 05/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Border Café, filmed in 2005 in Iran portrays a widow's challenge to care for herself and her two children. Her battle is with a culture that is not hers and a brother-in-law who fears dishonor.

When her husband dies suddenly, Reyhan, is left with a café on the Turkish border. Through familial and cultural obligations, her brother-in-law, Nasser demands that Reyhan become his second wife and he will provide financially.

She resists their cultural traditions and remains determined to become independent and raise the children. She defies Nasser's request to build her a house with him. And, she reopens her husband's café on the the Turkish border. She must stay in the background, in the kitchen while another employee waits tables. The café, now a successful a gathering place for truckers, competes with Nasser's restaurant closeby.

The characters are very well-acted. Nasser, always with a scowl on his face comes across as combative, frustrated, angry, and fearful of dishonoring his culture. As with good character roles and portrayals, we learn to hate him. The character Reyhan is sweet and we strive for her independence, as we want her to succeed against tradition, culture and authorities. The movie was well-paced, and with its mild suspense, wondering how often she can overcome those against her.

Director and writer Kambozia Parvoti wanted to share his belief that people can communicate regardless of traditions and culture. The film is about communication. Reyhan communicates and bonds with a teen girl from Russia who is hiding out at the café. Zakario, who is Greek communicates his desire for Reyhan even though they don't speak the same language.

This film is provided by Global Film Initiative, which has brought exceptional films that have made significant impact. A Discussion Guide PDF is available for your computer. You can learn more about Global Film Initiative and First Run Features for more outstanding cultural films. .....Rizzo
Excellent! Powerful Performances
K. Howell | Ball, LA United States | 04/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This well written, directed movie does an excellent job of examining the clash between traditional cultural expectations and a widow's determination to maintain independence. Powerful acting and a believable, thought-provoking story make this movie well worth 5 stars."
One very determined woman...
Elish | NY | 01/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The story of a widow trying to maintain her independence while resisting the pressure of her late husband's brother to become his second wife. She opens a restaurant on a main route near the Turkish border, and unwittingly wins the heart of a Greek truck driver who falls for her home-cooking. Fans of food movies will enjoy this one. This is one woman in a tough spot who is very determined not to give in..."