Cashback is a quirky little story about what happens when you stop and take notice of what’s going on around you. When Art Student Ben Willis mentions to his long time girl friend that he doesn’t think he’s making her happy, she lets rip in a beautifully filmed stream of verbal abuse and occasional physical abuse – all filmed from the retrospective perspective of Ben as he recounts the event.
Ben becomes quite traumatised by the event that he starts suffering from extreme insomnia, not being able to fall asleep at night, period. Finding that he has an extra eight hours to pass he decides to take a night shift at the local supermarket. It’s here that the movie gets really quirky and interesting, when Ben discovers he hs a secret power; Ben can make time stand still whilst.
Being an art student, Ben makes use of this ability by posing unaware shoppers and drawing them, re-starting time when he’s had enough drawing. He also uses his powers to play a couple of practical jokes on his work mates.
Then there’s Sharon, the check out girl. Everyone is after her, including the Boss, but it’s Ben she’s got her eye on, and though a predictable relationship Ben recovers his ability to sleep, but at the same time discovers that stopping time can’t save him when what really counts is the time that people are looking at you as well as the time they are not.
Cashback is a wonderful cinematic experience, beautifully filmed with some wonderful scene transitions. It’s also a highly original and feel good movie. It does however have some explicit nudity that may offend some viewers.
Food for thought:
“Love is there if you want it to be, you just have to see that it’s wrapped in beauty and hidden away between the seconds of your life. If you don’t stop for a minute you might miss it”. – Ben
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: R16 – Contains Sexual Themes & Nudity.
Duration: 102 mins.
Genre: Indie & Festival.
Director: Sean Ellis.
Actors: Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans , Sean Biggerstaff, Michelle Ryan, Stuart Goodwin.
Release Date: Available now.