Watched Jul 12, 2012
Pat Shortt (Tom from Father Ted) plays Josie, a slow witted garage attendant in rural Ireland, he has no friends, he lives in the back of the petrol station and generally has no life to speak of. He's told the garage is to stay open for longer hours so is given an assistant, a quiet, awkward teenager who he strikes up something close to a friendship with, but in his eagerness, he steps over the line.
I don't know whether I'd be giving this such a high rating if I wasn't [Northern] Irish. The character of Josie, the harmless village idiot, is one immediately identifiable to anyone who lives here and I've rarely seen it played so perfectly. Nothing much of note really happens other than being given a glimpse into Josie's lonely life but I couldn't help be absorbed in all it's subtleties, from washing himself in a dirty sink to finding companionship in a horse, it all creates a great character study and makes the ending all the more poignant.