Regarded by his neighbours as a harmless misfit, Josie has spent all his adult life as the caretaker of a crumbling petrol station on the outskirts of a small town in the mid-west of Ireland. He is limited, lonely, yet relentlessly optimistic and, in his own peculiar way, happy. Garage is the story of Josie's hapless search for intimacy over the course of a summer, which sees his life changed forever. A landmark in Irish cinema. Garage is a beautifully portrayed cinematic drama interspersed with razor sharp shards of black humour, with acutely observed characters that leave a lasting impression.
A quiet but powerful Irish film
- Garage review by Jill from London
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The film was made and released (2007) just before the Celtic Tiger died. It captures a person, time and place profoundly but unwittingly affected by outside forces. Beautifully shot and cast with a script and direction that is understated and cinematic, the film's apparent simplicity belies considerable depth in the sympathetic development of Josie's character. I have seen some good Irish films in recent years but none better than this.