Saturday, March 22, 2008


This is a quite lovely and poignant movie from Irish Lenny Abrahamson with a deep and respectful study of loneliness in a dying town somewhere in Ireland. Tells about Josie a petrol station attendant that at moments it seems like he’s mentally challenged, but you will realize that he’s just a simple man living a simple and utter lonely life in a small town and he’s happy with his life in a bittersweet way until something happens that changes everything.

This is a tragicomic, enigmatic and prosaic story beautifully performed by Pat Shortt that’s very famous in Ireland as a comic, but here we have his first dramatic role and have to say that because his performance I kept on watching as the movie starts really slow portraying everyday little things. But soon enough Shortt performance will mesmerize you and you wont be able to take your eyes from the screen.

As a movie is flawless with extraordinary cinematography and excellent production values, but this is a movie that you cannot miss basically for the unbelievable good performance by Pat Shortt.

Absolutely not for all audiences you have to like movies with apparently not much happening, until something happens almost at the end; but must of all you have to enjoy extraordinary performances with a deep character study.

This is another movie that I have been waiting almost a year since it was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes were won the C.I.C.A.E. Award and has many other nominations and awards in the fest/awards circuit. The wait was worth it as I enjoy it a lot.


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