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It's not often that the lives of service-sector proles are depicted on the wide screen; Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou help redress the imbalance with this economical indie drama about a New York Chinese food-delivery guy (Charles Jang) under pressure to pay off some loan sharks by nightfall. His bike trips across the city are rendered Sisyphean by bad weather; his personality is cumulatively revealed through fleeting exchanges with customers and coworkers. The film's power, like its protagonist, is quiet; the myriad kitchen scenes are a reminder that the American melting pot is fueled by cash. In English and subtitled Mandarin. 91 min.

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