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The Man at the Counter (2011)

A man recalls his teenage years when he worked at a small town coffee shop and found himself intrigued by an old man repeatedly stealing sugar packets.


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Credited cast:
Bill McHugh ...
Robert Grimes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Amash Jr. ...
Coffee Shop Manager
Ellen Austin ...
Coffee Shop Patron
Melis Chavez ...
Teenage Girl
Betsy Lomax ...
Coffee Shop Patron
Bob Lucke ...
Middle Aged Man
Nicole Newell ...
Coffee Shop Patron
Taylor Nitsky ...
Teenage Girl
Caitlyn Patnide ...
Teenage Girl
Chris Puiatti ...
Teenage Boy
Ben Roberts ...
Man in Love
Liz Sklar ...
Woman in Love
Galit Sperling ...


A boy working at a small-town coffee shop notices an old man repeatedly stealing sugar packets. The boy attempts to solve the mystery of the stolen sweetener, and when the answer isn't at all what he expected, he is forced to deal with some of life's most basic questions. Written by Anonymous

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A story about life, love, and sugar packets.


Short | Drama



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11 October 2011 (USA)  »

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2012 Siouxland Film Festival (Audience Award). See more »

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A man remembers a part of his childhood
25 April 2013 | by (Cluj, Romania) – See all my reviews

The story is very good, but I can't say the same about the ending. Very good image and very well made at narrative level. It is a short movie, so not much can be said about it, but if the crew that made this one would find another end, this short film would be much, much better. Anyway, the actors play very well, the music is good, the colors are very strong and remain in the viewer's mind. Even though it is very well made from a technical point of view, it gave me the feeling that it is a debut movie, because it has a great idea, but can't go with it through the end. Actually, I see that McAllister was at his first movie as a director.

P.S. I saw it at Cluj Shorts, the first edition of the festival from the city where it is TIFF, Transilvania International Film Festival. It won the main prize, so I must say good job to the director and his crew!

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