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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors was directed by Sam Fleischner; written by Rose Lichter-Marck and Micah Bloomberg; and stars Jesus Sanchez-Velez, Andrea Suarez Paz, Tenoch Huerta Mejia and Marsha Stephanie Blake.

What exactly happened to Oquendo remains a mystery, but since it's set in some out-of-time pre-Sandy now the film feels charged by it, maybe even made impossible by it: Even as I was seduced by the life and lights of Ricky's journey, I couldn't tamp down that hopeful belief that, in real life, one of the New Yorkers familiar with Oquendo would alert the cops, the MTA, or even Ricky himself to what's going on. That's heartening: The actual New York might now be better than the one on a screen.

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