"Border Cafe" (A Feature Film in Farsi with English Subtitles; The official entry from Iran for the 2007 Academy Awards.)
Reyhan is the mother of two young children, living in a small town in northern Iran near the Turkish border. When her husband dies, his brother Nasser is eager to take over the family by marrying Reyhan and raising her children in accordance with tradition.
Right after her husbands funeral, the elder women in the family urge Reyhan to shed her black mourning robes so that she can marry Nasser and welcome him into her bed. But Reyhan respectfully rebuffs their urgings, saying she is not ready.
Though Nasser expresses a sincere sense of duty toward his brothers widowed family, he becomes incensed when Reyhan repeatedly asserts her independence by refusing to live with him, and then resurrects her late husbands run-down roadside caf. When Reyhans culinary skills attract a loyal and growing following, including one very admiring Greek truck driver, she threatens not only Nassers own restaurant business but his manhood. Irate, he launches a relentless campaign to strip her of her livelihood and her independence.
Border Cafe is a complex portrait of the roles of women and men in modern Iran.
(Running time: 105 minutes)
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