A taciturn tollbooth attendant shuffles between a suffocating home life with his ailing father and the monotony of the box where he works. Desperate to resist his father’s attempt to marry him off while determined to prove his worth by fixing his family’s broken-down car, he drives himself toward a nervous breakdown. After a reassignment to a desolate country road, he begins a flirtatious relationship with a woman who drives by each day. But is this salvation for the aging bachelor, or the further unraveling of his mind? An expert cast and keen art direction contribute to this wry, heartbreaking ode to lost dreams in a sleepwalking world.
“A psychological pressure cooker that could blow its lid at any moment…Painstakingly written and directed by Tolga Karacelik,…The film’s swell of filial hatred communicates through fine acting and Ercan Ozkan’s eloquent photography, a grammar of light that cycles from gray to taupe to eau-de-nil.” – The New York Times
“The film beautifully exteriorizes Kenan’s locked-up fears and agonies. Like dreams, these reveries are somewhat surreal and occasionally nonsensical, but at the same time offer direct access to the character’s subconscious. Never a heavy-handed Freudian dissection of Kenan’s personality, pic remains light and even chuckle-inducing while never compromising the characters’ sincere emotions. The dignified strength of Ercan’s performance is especially helpful in this regard, though the cast is strong across the board.” – Variety
‘Toll Booth’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
Turkish with English subtitles.