Ben is an art college student in London, whose imagination runs wild as he works the late-night shift at the local supermarket. What do he and his colleagues do to pass the long, endless hours of the night?

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Ben Willis is an art student who works the night shift several times a week at the Whitechapel Sainsbury's. He's clear about the arrangement: he trades his time for money - cashback, as he calls it. We meet his co-workers, Sharon, Barry, and Matt, and their supervisor, Jenkins. Ben's colleagues are good at wasting time, but Ben talks to us about how he makes his shift go faster: by imagining that time has stopped. We see this late-night world of drudgery through Ben's eyes, as time does indeed stop, and he can get out his sketch book. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You give 8 hours...They give you money.

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Featured in 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2006) See more »

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Zorba's Dance
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A good film, apart from the lack of gratitude towards Nicholson Baker
25 April 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

An OK film, it raises funnily and cleverly the questions of sex, beauty and the private moments of life. Nevertheless, I have just discovered this film a couple of weeks ago during a visit at the video store and you know what my first thought was after reading the summary of the film on the DVD cover ? "This is Nicholson Baker ! And not a single mention of it !" I read the ""Fermata in 2004 and the book upon the shelves of my library offered the possibility to share views with the help of pieces of paper between the pages, I believe it is what you call book crossing. This book, although I don't read that much, provided a great sensation because in my adolescence, I vividly wanted that kind of freezing power to undress women. Nicholson Baker has had the art of translating a common human (male especially) fantasy, I believe. I know ever since he did it again by imagining a man desirous to kill George W. Bush in "Checkpoint" after seeing the news in Iraq ! Even if many of us had that kind of fantasy, I doubt Sean Ellis was unaware of the Fermata in the process of writing Cashback, therefore, he should have added an ounce of gratitude to Baker. According to what I read on the Internet, I'm not the only one thinking that way.


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