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Deserted Station (2002)

Cast: Leila Hatami, Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, more...
Director: Alireza Raisian, Alireza Raisian
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Studio: First Run Features
Genre: Foreign, Middle East, Iran
Running Time: 88 min.

A man and his wife encounter some unanticipated delays en route to a religious shrine in Iranian director Alireza Raisian's 2002 drama The Deserted Station. As he drives his car to the holy city of Mashad, a young photographer applies his trade and snaps photos of various sites and locations. Further down the road, the car breaks down -- forcing the man to walk in search of someone to make the necessary repairs. His wife (Leila Hatami), who has been sleeping most of the trip, awakens and goes with him. Arriving at a nearby village, the husband is directed to the local schoolteacher, who apparently is just as gifted with cars as he is with children and agrees to help. As the two men leave, the wife -- who is a former teacher herself -- wanders into the school building to watch after the children. As the photographer's wife begins forming a genuine bond with the children, the schoolteacher and the photographer also develop a rapport as each teaches the other something about their chosen trades and how those trades relate to the greater good of each man's community. The Deserted Station was selected for inclusion into the 2002 Montreal World Film Festival, with Hatami's performance earning her a Best Actress award from the festival's jury. ~ Ryan Shriver, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Iran's "Outback" by talltale April 17, 2006 - 9:16 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
A lovely, quiet and thoughtful movie from Iran, THE DESERTED STATION doesn't "push" anything on you. It tells its little story about a husband and wife and what happens when their car breaks down (near the station of the title) and the group of quite interesting people they meet who live nearby. Not a moment here is heavy-handed or wasted. There's an economy at work, no doubt forced somewhat by the miniscule budget (there's so much beauty here that one often wishes for a sharper image). After sitting through some of the bloated Hollywood product of the past year or two, you may greatly appreciate this economy. For westerners, the film should provide a good, long breath of clear air in its observations of Iran without trumpeting terrorism, politics or sexism. We get whiffs of the latter two, but because we are given the chance to observe people going about their daily lives, we find much with which to identify. Leila Hatami (of "Leila") plays the wife, and she is quite extraordinary; the two male leads complement her well. The ending of this film is as difficult and affecting as any I recall.

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