Wed, 10/05/2016 - 7:00pm
Part of the Fall 2016 CMES Film Series: On the Job
Manuel Pacheco Integrated Learning Center (ILC), Room 150, 1500 E. University Blvd.
Throughout Tolga Karaçelik's Toll Booth there's mention of a meteor careening toward Earth. But the threat of global apocalypse means very little to stone-faced Kenan (Serkan Ercan), a tollbooth operator working at one of Turkey's busiest highways, a man of routine who has very little interest in social interaction. Deemed “robot” by a mawkish co-worker, Kenan efficiently ushers in a day's worth of cars in a fraction of the time, but the kinetic opening credit sequence documenting Kenan's daily grind suggests he's a machine about to malfunction. After a quiet, nondescript series of shots inside Kenan's cramped home, Karaçelik cuts to the sweltering exterior of the toll station and the film becomes a Tony Scott-esque symphony of shaky-cam shots and jump cuts, all scored to a crescendo of wailing string instruments.This tonal dichotomy proves Kenan's perspective is distrusting, a skipping record of experience on endless repeat.
Country of Origin
Turkish (English subtitles)
Year / Length
2010 / 96 min