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Mon Mar 3 2008

The fruitful pairing of the director, Leonard Abrahamson, and writer, Mark O’Halloran, who in 2005 were responsible for ‘Adam & Paul’, has produced another fascinating and individual addition to Irish cinema. Changing accent and locale from the drug-troubled streets of Dublin to a one-car town in the Irish Midlands, this unostentatious drama focuses on another of life’s potential losers, Josie, the thirtysomething attendant of a run-down garage.

Movingly played by Pat Shortt, Josie belongs to a class of intellectually and emotionally ‘challenged’ individuals who are charged with living their lives without much family or social support. He is tolerated – where not patronised or bullied – by his community, and he hides his feelings and confusions (not least sexual) under a willing and smilingly empathetic front.

Abrahamson and O’Halloran apply implicit criticism of injurious small town bigotry, but they content themselves in mapping out Josie’s life in plain view, avoiding reductionism, didacticism – or condescension of their own – by giving full attention to the scope and richness of Josie’s own experience, notably his appreciation of beauty, the solace he takes in a horse, and the balm he offers a grieving man.

The film’s turning point comes with the friendship offered by a 15-year-old weekend worker (Conor Ryan), who thinks him ‘fucking sound!’ for joining his friends for beers late at night. There may be gentle echoes of Bresson’s essential ‘realism’ here (specifically, ‘Mouchette’), but the director’s application of grace-notes of pathos and humour give the film a distinctive voice. It’s nicely shot, (by Peter Robertson), discreetly scored (by Stephen Rennicks) and offers fine work from supporting players, including Anne-Marie Duff and Denis Conway.

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18

UK release:

Fri Mar 7, 2008

Duration:

85 mins

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Director:

Lenny Abrahamson

Cast:

Pat Shortt, Anne-Marie Duff, Conor J Ryan

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alan kav

certainly one of the best irish films ever made, and one of my own personal favourites of any film i have seen in the last few years. i could go on about the nuances and intricacies that so amazingly illustrate not only contemporary irish life but indeed just modern life in general. however i feel it is as easy to simply say that this, for me, is the best of patrick kavanagh's poetry made into an amazingly shot movie for the digestion of the film generation.

alan kav

certainly one of the best irish films ever made, and one of my own personal favourites of any film i have seen in the last few years. i could go on about the nuances and intricacies that so amazingly illustrate not only contemporary irish life but indeed just modern life in general. however i feel it is as easy to simply say that this, for me, is the best of patrick kavanagh's poetry made into an amazingly shot movie for the digestion of the film generation.

James Brown

Sublime...haunting performances by Pat Shortt and the ever lovely luminous Anne-Marie Duff...not a film to enjoy but one that hits the mark too well.

James Brown

Sublime...haunting performances by Pat Shortt and the ever lovely luminous Anne-Marie Duff...not a film to enjoy but one that hits the mark too well.

Nigel Brown

What a change from the usual crass action movies churned out by Hollywood, this was a crafted story which reveals much about the human condition. The acting was underpayed enough to introduce realism and sympathy for the lead character, Josie. I went away still thinking about the story, which is the sign of a film worth seeing.

Nigel Brown

What a change from the usual crass action movies churned out by Hollywood, this was a crafted story which reveals much about the human condition. The acting was underpayed enough to introduce realism and sympathy for the lead character, Josie. I went away still thinking about the story, which is the sign of a film worth seeing.

Xeno

My partner found this movie and we watched it together. All through the movie my partner kept appologizing for how slow and depressing it was, but I was deeply moved by the plight of the character Josie. Everything Josie attempted to do was fraught with difficulty, even just walking down the road he was in pain. The only time he seemed at peace was with the horse. His attempt to get some minor affirmation from his boss by moving the oil display, and his boss's almost complete indifference to Josie's need, set the tone for the story of this desperately lonely man, who was hampered by his lack of social skills and intellect.

Xeno

My partner found this movie and we watched it together. All through the movie my partner kept appologizing for how slow and depressing it was, but I was deeply moved by the plight of the character Josie. Everything Josie attempted to do was fraught with difficulty, even just walking down the road he was in pain. The only time he seemed at peace was with the horse. His attempt to get some minor affirmation from his boss by moving the oil display, and his boss's almost complete indifference to Josie's need, set the tone for the story of this desperately lonely man, who was hampered by his lack of social skills and intellect.

Margii

I went to see it based on the recomendations above. What a mistake. I felt like I was watching a different film. Great acting aside, it was a terminably slow and depressing story that takes an awful turn for the worse, and the ending.... I can't believe any of the above reviewers saw it right through. I can sit through the slowest of existential French and Chinese films but this beat them all. If you are in a good mood this will certainly get rid of it.

Margii

I went to see it based on the recomendations above. What a mistake. I felt like I was watching a different film. Great acting aside, it was a terminably slow and depressing story that takes an awful turn for the worse, and the ending.... I can't believe any of the above reviewers saw it right through. I can sit through the slowest of existential French and Chinese films but this beat them all. If you are in a good mood this will certainly get rid of it.

Anita

Truly outstanding performance from Pat Shortt, Heart rendering film which will never leave the memory. A must see film.

Anita

Truly outstanding performance from Pat Shortt, Heart rendering film which will never leave the memory. A must see film.

Vince Deehan

I saw this film tonight at the London Film Festival and I thought it was magnificent. Pat Shortt gives a heartbreaking performance as the kind hearted Josie and creates a character who I will never forget. A truly wonderful film. I cannot praise it enough.

Vince Deehan

I saw this film tonight at the London Film Festival and I thought it was magnificent. Pat Shortt gives a heartbreaking performance as the kind hearted Josie and creates a character who I will never forget. A truly wonderful film. I cannot praise it enough.