Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

An autistic 13-year-old boy (Jesus Sanchez-Velez) wanders away from his Rockaway Beach home and spends a few days adrift in the New York City subway system; meanwhile his panicked mother (Andrea Suarez Paz), an undocumented worker keeping house for a wealthy, idle hipster, searches for him aboveground. Director Sam Fleischner treats the boy’s excursion impressionistically, conveying his amazement with, and occasional aversion to, the cacophony and eccentric characters of the transit line. But 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. In English and subtitled Spanish.