Saturday, September 8, 2007


Great! The TIFF person who introduced this film gave away the ending just before she introduced the director. Luckily she was not there for the Q & A after the movie.

Incredible acting job by Irish comedian Pat Shortt as Josie, a likeable but naive keeper of a garage on the outskirts of an Irish town. Fifteen-year-old David comes to work with him on weekends and a rather complicated friendship begins.

We follow Josie in his daily ramblings: his trips to the pub where he is made fun of, his visits with Carmel who shows him friendship but "not that kind of friendship," his trips with David and his teenage pals who drink beer around a late-night bonfire, his talks with truck drivers who travel to the continent, his solitary home life at the back of the garage, his encounters with a farm horse who loves apples.

Not traditional story-telling but a series of scenes/vignettes that added up to a story that stayed with me for a long time after.

The end of day two at the festival: 3 wins, 1 draw.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Country: Ireland
Year: 2007
Language: English
Runtime: 85 minutes
Principal Cast: Pat Shortt, Anne-Marie Duff, Conor Ryan, Don Wycherley, Andrew Bennett