Parked (III) (2010)
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.
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This year’s edition, running from March 2nd through the 29th, includes high profile films from world renowned filmmakers like Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights”), Bruce Dumont (“Hors Satan”), Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (“The Fairy”), Abdellatif Kechiche (“Black Venus”) and John Landis (“Burke & Hare”). Moviegoers will have the opportunity to see the latest work from some of the world’s most acclaimed and beloved actors, including Léa Seydoux (“Belle Épine”), Tahir Rahim (“Free Men”), Colm Meaney (“Parked”), Noomi Rapace (“Beyond”), Andy Serkis (“Burke & Hare”), Isabella Rossellini (“Late Bloomers”) and Ewan McGregor
Fred Daly, (Colm Meaney) quite literally does not have pot to piss in and lives in his clapped out car, which is permanently parked in the local beach car park. It’s a meaningless existence until young druggie Cathal (Colin Morgan aka BBC’s Merlin) comes into his world. The question is: will Cathal’s chaotic energy give Fred’s life the kick up the arse that it needs?
Starting off with an always brave dialogue free opening five minutes, Parked meanders along as Fred mopes about, either staring wistfully out to sea, washing in the public toilets, or trying to sign on. From the off, it’s easy to see that this ambling pace may be a struggle for those audience members with a short attention span and despite the appearance of Cathal entering the fray, we still never get out of second gear (my
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The weekend begins with the Northern Ireland premiere of Parked. It stars Armagh-born Colin, who will introduce and discuss the film.
A story of friendship, hope and perseverance, Parked tells the story of how a proud man (Colm Meaney) living in his car is inspired by a young addict (Morgan) to become a better person.
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