Side Streets

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The New York melting pot gets another stir in this uncharacteristic, lighthearted Merchant Ivory production. Gerber's kaleidoscopic first feature presents five tangentially connecting stories, one for each borough. In Queens, a heart throb Romanian butcher boy steals from his wife to feed his compulsion for gambling; in Manhattan, an airhead aspirant designer fails to persuade a buyer from Italy; a food-obsessed, fading Indian screen idol comes between his Staten Island taxi-driver brother and his wife; a Cadillac nut West Indian finds love is better than gleaming metal; and a promiscuous Puerto Rican tries to raise cash for a designer frock for his sexy girlfriend. Dreams and aspirations get a light going over, diversity is celebrated, but there are no searing insights or real admissions of difficulties. Still, it's a fine enough calling card, with an agreeable comic feel.

Release details

Duration: 131 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tony Gerber
Screenwriter: Lynn Nottage, Tony Gerber
Cast: John Ortiz
Shashi Kapoor
Valeria Golina
Marc Tissot
Art Malik
David Vadim
Shabana Azmi
Leon
Mirjana Jokovic
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