Toll Booth (Gise Memuru)

Tolga Karacelik
Serkan ErcanZafer DiperNur Aysan
Stuck between his suffocating home life and the monotony of his job, Kenan is a 35-year-old tollbooth attendant who lives with his ailing, curmudgeonly father. Shy and withdrawn, Kenan prefers to live in his own head rather than engage the people around him. And between resisting his father?s attempts to marry him off and trying to fix the broken-down family car to prove his worth, Kenan is slowly driving himself toward a nervous breakdown. But his life takes dramatic turn when he is reassigned to a booth located on a desolate country road, and begins a flirtatious relationship with a mysterious woman who drives by each day. But is this salvation for the aging bachelor, or further unraveling of his mind? Inspired by the real lives of tollbooth workers on Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge, TOLL BOOTH (GISE MEMURU) is a wry, heartbreaking ode to lost dreams in a sleepwalking world. This film is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection, presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Turkish with English subtitles.
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