Man Push Cart (15)

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Man Push Cart is set in the New York you don't see in The Devil Wears Prada. Its Pakistani hero, Ahmad, sells coffee and bagels from a street-corner booth which he has to drag from its garage at some unearthly hour every morning, when no one else is awake in the city that never sleeps. For him and his fellow immigrants, a job in Dunkin' Donuts is the stuff of dreams. The film is a hypnotic portrait of Ahmad's gloomy netherworld, but its plotting is so perfunctory that Ramin Bahrani would have done just as well to make a documentary.