Toll Booth (Giȿe Memuru)

 

Year: 2010
Country: TURKEY
Run Time: 96 minutes

Life in a toll booth is dull and dreary. Unfortunately for toll booth attendant Kenan, life on the outside is just as bad. A wry, dark comedy about a middle-aged man who regrettably lives with his sickly, yet overbearing father, TOLL BOOTH follows Kenan as the pressures of his home life and monotonous job spiral him into a mental breakdown. Depressed and resentful, Kenan keeps to himself, annoyed by the majority of his daily interactions with people. When he starts to imagine seeing the angry face of his father on drivers passing by, he is temporarily transferred to a less busy location. Here, his mind is free to wander more than ever. Upon meeting a beautiful woman who drives by his new booth at the same time every day, Kenan's luck seems to change. But as his daydreams turn into full-blown hallucinations, Kenan's mind unravels, taking him down a road from which he may not be able to return. (In Turkish with subtitles) ľ M.M.

Director
Tolga Karašelik

Producer
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Screenplay
Olivier Nakache, ╔ric Toledano

Cinematography
Mathieu Vadepied

Editing
Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
Franšois Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Born in Istanbul, filmmaker Tolga Karašelik earned a Law degree at Marmara University before traveling to New York City where he later studied Film. He has primarily directed music videos and short films, including his last short "Rapunzel," which was selected by the Turkish Ministry of Culture to represent Turkish Cinema at the Berlin Int'l Film Festival and Cannes in 2010.

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