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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It's not often you encounter a film that's simultaneously as tedious and moving as The Deserted Station.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
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.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
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.
Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News  full review
A bluntly heart-tugging city-mouse, country-mouse fable from Iran.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
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.
Leslie Camhi, Village Voice  full review
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.
Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
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.
Fred Camper, Chicago Reader  full review
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  • Release Year: 2002
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 88 min
  • Available From: Jun 03, 2011
  • Queued by: 226 people
Directed By
Alireza Raisian
Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mehran Rajabi, Mahmoud Pak Neeyat

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