Sometimes love is hiding between the seconds of your life
A young insomniac attempts to cope with his sleepless nights by taking a job at a local supermarket, only to discover that he possesses a curious coping mechanism in the debut feature from Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Sean Ellis.
Ben Willis: "You see, I've always wanted to be a painter, and like many artists before me, the female form has always been a great source of fascination. I've always been in awe of the power they posses."
The really great thing about this film is that it has both teen comedy and true love supplying us with a real life situation, a break up. And a dreamy yet, sophisticated way of coping. A young art student, with a dream of being a famous painter, shows us his perspective of what he loves in his own surreal world of how he portrays life and woman, through true beauty in it's own form.
Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) an art student recently broke…
I'll admit that this review is going to be a little biased… I saw some reviews of this and they seemed to be pretty lukewarm. Depending on where you look, the film has some wildly different receptions. Rotten Tomatoes currently has it around 45%. Here on Letterboxd, the reviews seem to be pretty positive. I went into this with no knowledge of the film and without having read anything on it. This was a good choice because the film really floored me.
Like I said, this is going to be a little biased because I’m currently going through a situation like the main character Ben. No, I can’t stop time…But I am coming off a particularly nasty breakup. I’m not…
NOTE: This review contains some minor spoilers later in the text, but they are fairly unspecific.
British indie comedy in which art student Ben (Sean Biggerstaff) goes through a painful break-up (in an uncomfortable but oddly-beautiful silent opening sequence featuring Michelle Ryan screaming obscenities and hate into the camera). Rendered insomniac by his depression, Ben gets a night job at a grocery store. Oh, and he discovers he has the power to freeze time.
The quirky characters he meets resemble Napoleon Dynamite's cast of obnoxious but lovable weirdos. A little bit of these guys goes a long way, for sure, but their antics will definitely make you…
Film #39 of The December Project
I contend that Cashback is a masterpiece.
When I joined Letterboxd, I noticed there was a lot of controversy over the ogling of naked women in a grocery store. It's supposed to be a fantasy, so I don't get what the big deal is. He isn't a pervert or a voyeur. He's an art student, searching for the message he wants to send through his work. He settles on championing the female form, which I'm a huge proponent of. All he wants to do is find the beauty in the world and make it accessible for everyone else. Isn't that what art's about?
As for the actual story, it's a great one. It's funny…
Expected ok indie movie on Netflix. Got some feels. Can't complain.
Most of the reviews I read about this film talk about the fact that there's some nudity. That's really not the point of this lovely little gem, though. There's a very gentle aesthetic here, some beautiful cinematic flourishes and a few interesting and original scene fades that convey the sense of time's fluidity.
Cashback deals with themes of love, beauty and the arbitrariness of time's supposed linear progress. There is some soft time travel, but not in the sci-fi sense. It's definitely a fantasy film, with a strong emphasis on romance and a gentle current of comedy, but I wouldn't call it a rom-com.
I'd definitely recommend Cashback. It's quirky, fun, and delightfully British. And there are loads of absolutely smashing tits.
Believe it or not, but I didn't want to see Cashback for the poster artwork (although it certainly didn't hurt), but because I read the synopsis: a film about a young man studying to be an artist, who freezes time and draws his crush, night after endless night.
Ben Willis has just been through a very rough breakup. He's now a sad art college student with insomnia, dreaming about The One That Got Away and riding the bus aimlessly at night. He comes across a night job in a grocery store and gets it, trading his eight extra hours for cash - cashback. When he's there, he suddenly discovers that he can make time freeze for everyone but himself, and…
An interesting film that seems more of a memoir than a narrative.
This well-crafted film with an interesting premise (borrowed from Nicholson Baker's "The Fermata") falls down badly because of an unevenness of tone - it doesn't know if it wants to be a moving art film or a sweet, quirky comedy. It basically failed for me because the lead's fantasy life wasn't that far from his real life.
As an introspective glimpse into the mind of Ben, a lonely grocery clerk who dreads the possibilities of a disappointing future, this film is a fascinating journey that embarks upon the dreary existence of time itself (and the character's attempts to stop its unavoidable progression by "freezing" his surrounding reality).
When the film relies upon zany antics for a cheap laugh however, the once-compelling narrative starts to falter considerably. Also, Ben's desire to achieve a sense of meaning unfortunately dissolves into cornball sentimentality by the final act, but it can be argued that this was the point all along. By finding love after such a long-standing state of desolation (from a previous break-up), there is no longer a reason for…
This movie is actually really good.....once you get passed all the nudity. That might turn some people off, but it's all in the name of art right? Honestly I just liked how different the movie was. The voice-over felt like a part of the movie and not an interruption. The acting was fine, but the standout performance came from the visuals. Found the movie on accident and ended up enjoying it.
Cashback was so incredibly inventive and artistic. Completely different to any film I've ever seen before, and really, really clever.
Unfortunately, the emotional bonds and chemistry between the characters just isn't there. They're all great actors in their own right, just when put together it felt like something was missing.
But despite the fact it's a struggle to identify with the main character emotionally, it's still a great film. Easy to watch, and an absolutely wonderful soundtrack.
Leering misogyny posing as art. The only thing surprising about this film was that it wasn't directed by a 14 year-old boy who recently discovered pornography.
Sorry Vi, solid cinematography but the voice-over and bad acting made me want to throw myself out of a second floor window.
It’s billed as a ‘sexy brit-flick’, but this is essentially a vey British romantic comedy, and although there is lots of nudity, it hardly registers on the ‘sexy’ scale. In a similar way to Garden State or Waitress, it takes the tired rom-com formula and twists it into something altogether more enjoyable and engaging. I’m doubting Cashback scored highly on Rotten Tomatoes, but for me it was an fun-packed sojourn into the world of boredom, childishness and youthful relationships.
This was originally an Oscar nominated short film that Sean Ellis ‘padded out’ to create a full length feature. Thankfully you’d never have guessed and the short and the new footage are seamlessly knitted together to form a cohesive and logical…