The home grown movie

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film -

SMALL EN­GINE RE­PAIR (opens July 13) Set in a rural Ir­ish town, writer-di­rec­tor Niall Heery’s strik­ing de­but film fea­tures Iain Glen as a mid­dle-aged coun­try mu­sic singer-song­writer whose mar­riage has bro­ken up. There are com­pli­ca­tions when a volatile lo­cal (Stu­art Gra­ham) is freed af­ter serv­ing time for a hit-and-run crash and ea­ger to find out who “grassed” him. The film takes its ti­tle from the sign over the busi­ness run by the singer’s friend (Steven Mack­in­tosh), a me­chanic work­ing with his bored son (Lau­rence Kinlan).

With its strik­ing nat­u­ral land­scapes, glimpses of west­erns on television and a sound­track of coun­try songs, the film has the look and feel of an Amer­i­can in­de­pen­dent pro­duc­tion from the 1970s.

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