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Cashback (2006)

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After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild.



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When art student Ben Willis is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy, he develops chronic insomnia after finding out how quickly she moved on. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour-shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon, the pretty and quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia. Written by Winnie Li===Corrected by Kate

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes love is hiding between the seconds of your life See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 May 2008 (UK)  »

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Cashback  »

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Box Office

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$14,878 (USA) (20 July 2007)


$24,942 (USA) (27 July 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Emilia Fox prepared for her pole dancing scene by having a pole erected in her bedroom so she could practice. See more »


In the scene where Ben stops time and starts to draw the naked girl in green you can see that she blinks, that should not be possible because time is standing still. See more »


[first lines]
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Before the credits roll there's another video of Barry doing a dangerous BMX stunt. This time it works, though, and he doesn't fall flat on his face. See more »


References Diner (1982) See more »


Casta Diva
From the opera NORMA
Composed by Vincenzo Bellini
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Magic, simple genius with amazing perspectives
15 July 2007 | by (in the desert) – See all my reviews

Amazing camera work, wonderful acting, surreal characters in a very interesting story. Who would throw these characters together in the same story? An amazing stretch of imagination and story telling. Yet somehow it all fits in a blissfully overwhelming joy of not really knowing how it all happened but grateful that it did.

I could actually see this really happening except for the time shifting and the fact that all the women are stunning. The story rings true.

I felt at the end of the movie that the film maker had given me a glimpse of what it must be like to be an extremely talented artist in the midst of varying degrees of angst, joy, despair and creativity. Thank you for this movie.

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