Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors


Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors

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Unassuming yet irrevocably absorbing, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors uses a refreshing perspective to explore universal themes.



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Directed by Fleischner from a script by Rose Lichter-Mark and Micah Bloomberg, STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS tells the story of Ricky, a 13-year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome who gets lost one day in the New York City subway system. While his mother frantically searches for him above ground, the sensory-sensitive Ricky is exposed to the cacophony, eccentricity, and menace found in New York's underground (including some scenes shot during Hurricane Sandy, which came to figure into the film's story), resulting in a truly authentic view into both the wonders and the horrors of what lies below. (c) Oscilloscope

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  • The director's view of the wider world is flat and schematic; the mother's dealings with an indifferent school district, the ineffectual police, and her aloof ex-husband lack complexity, and the maudlin tone overwhelms any social insight.

    Jul 17, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A copy of it should be stored in a climate controlled vault, for the benefit of future generations who want to know what life in New York looked, sounded and felt like in in the early 21st century.

    May 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Stand Clear of the Closing Doors," a small miracle of a film, captures the grass-roots swirl of New York City with an extraordinary sensory attuning to urban life.

    May 22, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors stubbornly resists a sense of intimacy, the film determined to express how communication can always be inclusive, even in whispers.

    May 22, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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  • This is the sort of movie that gets called "hallucinatory," but it is strongly grounded in the New York in which 99 percent of us live.

    May 21, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Stand Clear of the Closing Doors becomes dedicated to showing us everything millions of people glance at each day but don't actually regard.

    May 20, 2014 | Full Review…

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