A quiet man who prefers plunging into his dream world rather than talking to people, Kenan is a 35 year old toll both clerk who lives with his father. His life, a humdrum routine between the three boxes in his life—home, shuttle bus, toll booth– will change with his move to a new toll booth plaza.
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A very buttoned down man (nicknamed "robot" by one of his co-workers) begins to, not unbutton, but unravel as his desperate need for approval and acceptance lead him into a life half real and half fantasy with heartbreaking results. Beautiful music, as well.
I loved everything about this film - the pace, the editing, the actors, the music, the cinematography. The balance between comedy and tragedy was quite adept. For a first feature film, this is huge success. The Q&A with the film maker himself made me put 5 stars, 4 otherwise. A great experience that was complemented by Joy Division on the way home...
Nice performance from Ercan (who really reminds me of DeNiro), but the story, character dynamics, and even the film's approach to dreaminess all felt pretty stock to me. The automaton in a soul-crushing job finally losing his grip, the overbearing father, the quasi-surrealism, these are all things you've seen before in a dozen American indies and festival films.