The home grown movie
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.