Art student Ben Willis develops insomnia after going through a painful break-up. To kill time, he joins a colorful cast of characters on the late shift at the local supermarket. They all have their own time-killing devices, and Ben's allows him to see the beauty of the everyday world including the people inside it ... especially Sharon, the quiet checkout girl, who just may hold the answer to resolving Ben's insomnia.
A slight but likable British comedy-fantasy with a touch of naughtiness, Cashback
is an expanded version of director Sean Ellis' Oscar-nominated short film of the same name about a bored supermarket clerk who discovers that he has the ability to stop time. Sean Biggerstaff (from the Harry Potter
franchise) is Ben, a lovelorn young man whose chronic insomnia (due to a bad breakup) forces him to bury himself in pointless and repetitive work at a local grocery store. Once there, boredom causes him to believe that he can stop time, and he enjoys long and languid fantasies about undressing and sketching the female shoppers. But reality intrudes in the form of recollections of his troubled past, as well as the lovely presence of fellow clerk Sharon (Emilia Fox), who offers the promise of love in the real world. A gentle and artfully directed independent film, Cashback
doesn't run very deep in terms of emotion, but the special effects are clever, the cast quirky and amusing, and its premise is an appealing mix of softcore reverie and boyish longing. - Paul Gaita