Films

Chop Shop

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2007

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Synopsis

Widely praised at the Cannes, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals, CHOP SHOP is the second remarkable feature from the internationally acclaimed young director Ramin Bahrani, who was recently hailed 'the new great American film director' by eminent critic Roger Ebert.

On the outskirts of Queens, and just steps from some of New York’s most iconic landmarks, Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in a ‘Chop Shop’ - an illegal workshop breaking stolen cars for the purpose of selling them as parts. In this ramshackle world of mud, rust, graffiti, and twisted scrap metal populated by illegal immigrants and low-level adult criminals, young Alejandro struggles to pursue his goal of making a better life for himself and his spirited 16-year-old sister, Isamar.

Intimate, heartbreaking and yet ultimately uplifting, CHOP SHOP is a masterwork of low-budget precision and improvisation in portraying a child navigating his way through a chaotic adult world in search of his own slice of the American dream.

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Cast

Starring:  Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzales, Ahmad Razvi, Carlos Zapata

Credits

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Writer(s):  Ramin Bahrani, Bahareh Azimi

Producers:  Lisa Muskat, Marc Turtletaub, Jeb Brody

Editor:  Ramin Bahrani

Cinematographer:  Michael Simmonds

Production Details

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2007

Language:  English

Duration:  84 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

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Genre(s): 

  • Drama

DVD Release Date:  24th May 2010

Reviews

GEOFF ANDREW, TIME OUT

"Touching, funny, sad and beautifully observed"

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JONATHAN ROMNEY, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"A flawlessly observed piece of street realism"

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A.O. SCOTT, NEW YORK TIMES

"poetic and clearsighted"

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TIME OUT, NEW YORK

"perfectly rendered"

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