The Booth At The End
The Booth At The End series will make you wonder for how far a person is ready to go in order to get what they want. Are they ready sacrifice their principals? To detonate a bomb? To kill a child? To rob a bank? A person is always at a crossroads. That makes the series very similar to life itself.
The story is a psychological drama, that reminds of a complicated puzzle, where instead of the pieces you have to put humans’ destinies, of anything really but a series in the ordinary sense. In The Booth, a viewer won’t see dynamic scenes. They won’t see action or decoration. Only one café, a man and people he talks to.
At the booth of an ordinary diner sits an unremarkably looking man. He drinks green tea, eats an apple pie, observing, with a very tired look, people passing by through the window. Different people keep the man’s company. They’ve come to him because they’ve heard that he can grant any wish. A father who dreams of the cure for his sick child, a woman searching for love, an artist who seeks inspiration.
16 stories, 16 different characters, and every one of them has their own aspirations, wishes and dreams. Someone dreams of something significant and big, while other’s dream might be thoughtless and naïve. Man at the booth listens carefully to every visitor, and asks them questions. It’s obvious that he sees the fear and true motives of other people. However, he never judges them, he only asks them questions, which require an honest answer. Will this mysterious stranger be able to return a father to a boy? Cure a man of a deadly disease? Make a woman accept and love her mentally disabled child? Yes, he can. But in order to grant a wish, a person have to do what is written in a mysterious notebook.
After listening to a person, the man asks them whether they’re making a deal. Only when he gets a positive response, he opens his mysterious notebook and reads out the terms of the deal. Sacrificing principals? Detonating a bomb? Killing or making a child? Robbing a bank? The man does not force anyone, he does not give an assessment to any actions, and he does not express his opinion. To any question about whether something is good or bad, right or wrong he always has the same answer: perhaps, probably.
The storyline of the series breaks into brief dialogues between the man and his visitors. According to the rules of the deal, they must tell him everything about their actions. At first it may seem as if the viewer is being cheated, because the most interesting and dynamic scenes are left behind. However, this is exactly the director’s idea for the series: to grant viewers’ imagination absolute and unlimited freedom. Let the viewer imagine how characters kill, torture, hunt down, suffer or don’t suffer from remorse. The director is focused solely on the psychology of human behavior. Their grimaces, looks, facial expressions and gestures. Will the viewer be able to determine by these “signs” who is sitting in front of them? A monster in the shape of an elderly man, or a nature of a true hero hiding inside a sweet and selfless girl? Only at the end of the season the answers to these questions will be clear, and the viewer will realize that the stories of the characters are not random, they are pretty much intertwined. The main question that each viewer asks himself is: who is a man sitting at a table in a diner? A devil who easily plays with fates of people? Or a God, rewarding everyone according to their merits? A mediator between the world of good and the world of evil? One thing is obvious: each viewer should look for the answer on their own. Not necessarily through their religion, but through values that are universally common.
The Booth At The End consist of two seasons, five episodes each. The viewer will be surprised to see old character in the second season. No doubt, they will appear with a certain mission, which won’t be easy to figure out.
The Booth At The End gives the viewer food for thought, making you wonder that every human being has a choice. Now, try to answer this question: how far are you ready to go to get what you want?