The Deserted Station

Inspired by a photographic jaunt taken by director Ali Reza Raisian, this lyrical film asks what happens next when a couple (Nezam Manouchehri and Leila Hatami) is stranded in a small village after their car breaks down. Only a teacher seems to be manning the town and its smattering of children, who are then left with the woman while the two men fix the car. Having no children of her own, the woman's left to face her feelings about parenthood.
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Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 100%
Critics' score: 100   Audience score: 45   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

It's not often you encounter a film that's simultaneously as tedious and moving as The Deserted Station. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Like all of Iranian cinema, Deserted Station is marked by unaffected, neo-realist performances, particularly by Nezam Manouchehri as the testy and uncertain husband, and Leila Hatami as his quietly sad wife. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

The sweet script, crisp direction and a delightful performance by Leila Hatami, as the sad-eyed wife, should put Deserted Station on your must-see list.

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

A poignant parable about the role of women in Islamic society. full review

Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News

A bluntly heart-tugging city-mouse, country-mouse fable from Iran. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

Hardcore Kiarostami devotees may miss the master's harsher clarity, but Hatami, best known for her starring role in Dariush Mehrjui's Leila, makes her character's inner transformation both subtle and palpable. full review

Leslie Camhi, Village Voice

For filmgoers who like dramas that are spare yet evocative, that focus on the subtleties of relationships, and that feature foreign settings completely off the beaten path, Deserted Station will be a masterpiece. full review

Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle

The film's relaxed pace, unassuming tone, and respect for its characters all recall the films of Abbas Kiarostami, who provided the story idea, but director Ali Reza Raisian adds a slightly more dramatic and emotional edge. full review

Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
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  • Release Year: 2002
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 88 min
  • Available From: Jun 03, 2011
  • Queued by: 184 people
Directed By
Alireza Raisian
Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mehran Rajabi, Mahmoud Pak Neeyat

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