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Cashback (2006)

R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 May 2008 (UK)
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.

Director:

Sean Ellis

Writer:

Sean Ellis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Ryan ... Suzy
Sean Biggerstaff ... Ben Willis
Erica Ellis Erica Ellis ... Canteen Lady
Jay Bowen ... Steve Jenkins
Shaun Evans ... Sean Higgins
Kenneth Fahy Kenneth Fahy ... Art Class Life Model
Stan Ellis Stan Ellis ... Art Class Teacher
Katie Ball Katie Ball ... Art Class Girl
Emilia Fox ... Sharon Pintey
Stuart Goodwin ... Jenkins
Celesta Hodge ... Deer Girl in Sainsbury's
Nia Roberts Nia Roberts ... Woman at the Till
Michael Dixon ... Barry Brickman
Michael Lambourne Michael Lambourne ... Matt Stephens
Hatti Riemer Hatti Riemer ... Old Lady at Deli Counter
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Storyline

When art student Ben Willis breaks up with 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 pyratio

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Writer/director Sean Ellis wrote the script for the feature length version in 7 days. Principal photography started 6 weeks later as it was the only time that all the cast from the original short film were available. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Ben takes his manager away in a cart you can see that manager blinks in the last moment, that should not be possible because time is standing still. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben Willis: It take approximately 500 lbs to crush a human skull. But the human emotion is a much more delicate thing. Take Suzy, my first real girl friend. My first real break-up, happening right in front of me. I never thought it was going to be similar to a car crash. I've slammed the breaks, and I'm skidding toward an emotional impact. So, is this all my fault? Me, Ben Willis. It's funny what goes through your mind at a time like this. The two and a half years we spent together. The ...
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in JCVD (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are Not Through
Performed by Evil Nine (as Evil 9)
Written by Tom Beaufoy and Pat Pardy (as Pat Hardy)
Published by Marine Parade Music Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Marine Parade Music Ltd
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To see beauty in everything
25 January 2007 | by LazySodSee all my reviews

A guy and his girl break up. Painfully. As a result of this the guy becomes an insomniac and suddenly finds himself with 8 more hours in the day. 8 more hours in which he feels the pain of love gone sour. 8 more hours to be bored and restless. He decides to make the best of it and starts working the night shift in a supermarket where he is met with a new kind of boredom and several people that deal with that boredom in different ways. Himself adding yet another way of dealing with that boredom. He imagines he can stop time. What follows is best seen instead of read about.

This film is filled to the rim with the most beautiful stills, completed with several speeds of motion and feels right. Right in an artistically way. It is like watching a painting being painted,, like watching a poem being written, like listening to a song being composed. And at the end it all adds up and the completed picture is seen in all its beauty. All in all a really nicely designed film that belongs in the small theaters and in the art-houses.

Next to that it is fun to watch. The adventures of the guy are interesting to follow, even though they aren't all that different from what most people go through at one or other stage of life. Music choice was very fitting and acting was good enough not to be falling out of place with the rest. So, all in all, a very pleasurable watch and something I can recommend to anyone.

9 out of 10 sketches sketched


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,878, 22 July 2007

Gross USA:

$25,343

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,294,291
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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