Regarded by his neighbours 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.
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a complete masterpiece. funny, touching, moving and visually stunning. the subtle hints at religious undercurrent are all unravelled with the resurrection subtly evoked at the ending. anne marie duffy is superb, and her irish accent is superlative. the main performances are understated, and worth all the acclaim they recieve. this is exactly what makes irish cinema so exciting.
I'm working through Abrahamson's output in advance of the release of Frank later this month, and wondering how the hell I've missed him before now. Garage, like Adam & Paul before it, evinces a central concern with befuddled, not-quite-outcast, but not terribly bright characters muddling along on the fringes of Irish society. Josie, Garage's sweet, permanently confused protagonist, is almost a Bressonian saint.
A slow paced tale set in a slow paced town. Abrahamson really makes you feel you're there and living the boredom alongside the characters. The film is a realistic portrayal of human life and the struggle in coming to terms with our perceived pointlessness.