Rent Garage (2007)

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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.
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Mark O'Halloran
Soda Pictures
Ireland, Drama
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Run Time:
81 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Audio Commentary With Director Lenny Abrahamson And Writer Mark O'Halloran
  • Original Shooting Script
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Reviews (2) of Garage

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.

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Slice of Irish life - Garage review by AW

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Enjoyed it, excellent Irish cinema. But like all these films, I really could have done with some subtitles to

help understand the quite strong accents. Unfortunately my CinemaParadiso disc didn't have any.

Josie is rather mercilessly teased yet there is an element of tolerance by the rest of the villagers.

He's being unashamedly used by the slimy owner who really doesn't care that the rundown garage

is hardly making any money, yet with his radio, TV and bedsit at the back, Josie seems happy in his

own insular little way.

The Garda officer is eminently sensible dealing with the spiteful complaint by a parent after Josie

unwittingly shows a minor an explicit film.

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