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Parked | Review

29 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Home Is Where The Heart Is: Byrne Takes Up Fiction

For the decade prior to making his fictional feature debut, director Darragh Byrne helmed a number of Irish television documentaries that held implications of those who found themselves in various unfortunate situations, whether outlaws by chance (or choice, in The Underworld) or afflicted immigrant by law (as was partially the case in Mixed Blessings). Making the leap from non-fiction to fabrication with the socially conscious dramedy, Parked, Bryne continues to follow similar themes without rehashing worn material or sentimentally moralizing. Instead, the director takes a pair of downtrodden contradictory characters he could have plucked from one of his previous docs and rubs them together in classic odd couple tradition like a comedic experiment to see what kind of charge will result from the friction.

Long an Irish emigrant working odd jobs in Britain, Fred (played by a lovingly precarious »

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