A tragicomedy set in the world of gas stations in rural Ireland, where over-diligent employee of the garage searches for intimacy during the course of a life-changing summer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Shortt ...
Josie
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Mr. Gallagher
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Dan
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Carmel
Conor Ryan ...
David
Anne Byrne ...
Vivienne
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Val
Brian Doherty ...
Bon
Don Wycherley ...
Breffni
Andrew Bennett ...
Sully
Tommy Fitzgerald ...
Declan
Suzy Lawlor ...
Louise
Fiona Kelly ...
Woman at Pumps
Tom Hickey ...
Mr. Skerrit
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Pauline
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Tragi-comedy from the margins of contemporary Irish life. Regarded by his neighbors as a harmless misfit, eliciting idle kindness, benign tolerance and occasional abuse, 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. But then over the course of a summer, Josie's world shifts. A teenager, David, comes to work with him. David likes him. They open up to each other and suddenly the lonely adult is drinking cans down at the railway tracks with the local kids. He is awakened to needs in himself that have never been met. And Carmel, from the local shop, who has always been kind to him, stirs feelings within him that he struggles to name. And then one thoughtless moment unravels the threads of faltering friendship. Events spiral. Josie's life is changed, forever. Written by Anonymous

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Garage has been awarded the Prix Art et Essai by the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas. See more »

Goofs

When Carmel offers Josie a bag for his shopping, she gives him a plastic bag, but does not charge him the 22c plastic bag levy in place in Ireland. This was probably a kindness on her part. See more »

Connections

Features The Affair (2006) See more »

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Black Velvet Band
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Irish traditional
[played by the musicians in the pub]
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Desolation and boredom surprisingly plays a very supporting role in this movie.
9 March 2010 | by (New Braunfels, Texas) – See all my reviews

Believe me this is the most slow paced, void of dialog, boring independent-ish film I've ever seen. It makes Sling Blade look like an action flick. I was watching it to fight off insomnia one late night. Unfortunately it didn't work because after sticking with it to the end I was blown away by how the depiction of desolate rural Ireland life actually drove the story and gave deep meaning to the unbelievable end.

So don't get discouraged and grab that remote because you're so bored with this movie you just can't watch another minute because the deadpan, eventless story line really does say something about our society and modern life in a way that creeps up on you and slaps you in the face and makes you think.


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