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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Starring: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans, Michelle Ryan, Stuart Goodman
Director: Sean Ellis
Rating: M18 (Nudity)
Year Made: 2004







Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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When London art student Ben Willis goes through a painful breakup, he develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colourful cast of characters, all of whom have their own ‘art’ in dealing with the boredom of an eight hour shift. Ben’s art allows him to see the haunting beauty of the everyday world and the people inside it – especially Sharon, the quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben’s insomnia.


This has got to be every boy’s ultimate dream: Being able to stop time. Imagine all the things you can do. Peep into people’s darkest secrets by reading their diaries and mobile phone messages. Understand people’s truest emotions by understanding what goes behind their everyday facades. And for the horny boys, undress girls and see them in their true glory. Err, well, in the name of art, you can choose to draw their nude portraits.

That’s what our protagonist in this movie chooses to do.

Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) plays Ben Willis, who falls into depression after breaking up with his girlfriend. Time passes oh so slowly and everything around him seems to slow down painfully. He becomes an insomniac and begins working late night shifts at a supermarket. He discovers his talent of stopping time and gets to admire many female customers’ bodies in their truest forms. He makes new friends and gets a grip on himself. He begins to understand the exquisiteness of things around him.

The 90-minute movie directed by Sean Ellis is a full length feature of his 2004’s nominated short of the same name. It seamlessly includes the 18-minute short film of the same title within its running time. Told in a signature European voiceover style, the picture is engaging and narrates itself very flowingly. It will probably appeal to boys who have similar childhood memories about friends, crushes and first encounters with sex.

Biggerstaff is likeable without being whiny, while female co-star Emilia Fox (Keeping Mum) is a nice complement to his simple character. His supermarket friends are played with nice comedic effect by Stuart Goodwin, Michael Dixon and Michael Lambourne.

Other than reliable performances, the English production also boasts of clever writing which does not make you cringe like other Hollywood movies out there. The portrayal of a boy’s views of the world is artistically depicted on screen, with a fair amount of nudity to earn it a M18 rating.

There may be nothing too innovative or refreshing about the premise of the story, but take a moment to look out for beautiful time lapses, mesmerizing time freezes and other visually appealing shots by cinematographer Angus Hudson. You almost wish that this is your life, and everything could play out so visually enticing like this movie – it’d be nice if you were given the artistic liberty to undress people too.


This Code 3 disc contains no special features.


The visual transfer is fine, and there are English and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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