[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00M0I344E” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2BPk2frrQL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”catfilms-20″ width=”120″]Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors[/easyazon_image]In [easyazon_link asin=”B00M0I344E” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”catfilms-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors[/easyazon_link], an autistic boy, played by an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome, spends an indeterminate amount of time riding back and forth on the NYC subway system while in a fugue state of both body and mind, having fled his accustomed areas in the midst of an emotional upset.
Though this film is not, strictly speaking, about religion, religion is subtly present in this family’s daily life. The boy’s mother wears a golden cross, and evidence of cultural Catholicism is seen throughout the family’s apartment: a Sacred Heart icon here, a crucifix there. Such is the role of the cat in the movie: though this is not, strictly speaking, a “cat movie”, the family cat adorns the apartment, and is present in many of the movie’s scenes and for events of family life. The cat is seen close-up on the couch, “kneading” a throw pillow when an important phone call comes in. The orange and white cat rubs against family members’ legs when they come into the apartment, and is present at the teenage daughter’s Halloween costume fitting session when she is accompanied by her best friend, who accidentally sticks her finger in the cat’s “butthole” due to the close proximity of the cat to the action.
The cat clearly has a relationship and a degree of bonding to all of the family members present, but is significantly seen with the autistic one. When the boy with autism is seen “focused” on an activity, the cat is seen on the couch next to him, concentrated on grooming a hard-to-reach part of its body. When the boy goes missing, family members put up flyers, for which they used a picture of him holding the cat.
Finally, when the boy returns home while the other family members are at Mass, the first thing he does is search the refrigerator for nutritious food, and takes out a piece of fried chicken in a plastic container. Shortly after opening the container and starting to eat hungrily, he hands a piece to the cat, who had greeted him at the door, followed him upon his return to the apartment, and sat next to him when he started to eat.

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