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Garage (2007)

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.

Director:

Lenny Abrahamson

Writer:

Mark O'Halloran
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Shortt Pat Shortt ... Josie
John Keogh ... Mr. Gallagher
George Costigan ... Dan
Anne-Marie Duff ... Carmel
Conor Ryan Conor Ryan ... David
Anne Byrne Anne Byrne ... Vivienne
Gary Lilburn ... Val
Brian Doherty Brian Doherty ... Bon
Don Wycherley Don Wycherley ... Breffni
Andrew Bennett Andrew Bennett ... Sully
Tommy Fitzgerald Tommy Fitzgerald ... Declan
Suzy Lawlor Suzy Lawlor ... Louise
Fiona Kelly Fiona Kelly ... Woman at Pumps
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ... Mr. Skerrit
Una Kavanagh Una Kavanagh ... Pauline
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2007 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Garaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Features The Affair (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Velvet Band
(uncredited)
Irish traditional
[played by the musicians in the pub]
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beautiful exceptional but sparse filming
22 March 2008 | by teresa_ewartSee all my reviews

I'm English but I lived in Ireland for 6 years until recently. Do not be fooled, Ireland today is not the vibrancy of Dublin or the bite of the Celtic tiger - like any country it is a mixture that has it's fair share of sad, empty and lonely places. This film attempts to portray this - and succeeds quite beautifully. The filmmakers are also "responsible" for the brilliant Adam and Paul -a snapshot of the struggle to live in modern day Dublin with a shocking drug habit... and Garage is no different - a few days in a life that tell us so much but share so little. The dialogue is sparse at best, just a nod and a smile to indicate friendship. The tiny visual clues show us one man's life in pictures - his lonely dinner (he bought one pork chop from the butcher) his wash in a sink. This film is one of those that is nothing and everything. I can't recommend it highly enough. Watch it and feel grateful that your life is full and vibrant. That it doesn't end with your putting your socks in your shoes...


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