Work in Progress

An indie film looks at the struggles of a former music star.

Man Push Cart’s protagonist used to be a rock star back home in Pakistan. Now he sells bagels and donuts on the street to early-rising New Yorkers. This thoughtful, unpretentious film by Ramin Bahrani (who wrote, directed, produced, and edited) peers into the life of a likable vendor who hauls a stainless-steel food cart to a street corner every night at 3 a.m. He also sells bootleg porn DVDs and renovates a customer’s apartment to raise money to care for his son, who lives with spiteful in-laws since his wife’s death a year ago. He hardly has time to chat with the cute Spanish girl who works at the newsstand down the street.
Thu., Feb. 1, 7 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 4, 7 p.m.