Saturday, 26 November 2011

Film Review - Parked

Heading into a film without knowing anything about it beforehand is something that i rarely do these days but I decided to take a punt on Parked by doing exactly that, and boy was I impressed.

This exceptional downbeat Irish drama looks at the life of a homeless man who lives in his car as he takes up residence in a rarely used car park overlooking the sea. Fred Daly lives a lonely existence, and his reluctance to communicate with the few people in his life starts to fade following an encounter with a young man in a similar situation to his own as they begin to strike up an unlikely friendship.

Both men have their problems; Fred struggles to interact with others whilst his new companion Cathal hides a number of secrets that could have dire consequences if he does not face up to his grim reality. Their interaction leads to some hilarious moments as the generation gap between the two neighbours (Cathal also resides in his car) reveals some differences in their outlooks on life, and this contrasts perfectly with the melodramatic mood that permeates throughout the film. I am reluctant to give away too much of the plot as I would love for you to experience the film as I did, it contains a number of surprises, some pleasant and some not so pleasant but they all add up to make Parked an essential watch.

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